Hearts Aflame Reflection pt. 1

Have you ever felt like you’re just so overwhelmed with the amount of work that you have to do?

Do you ponder about why you took all of the work in the first place?

Do you feel like you’re stuck and you don’t enjoy your days?

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image source: Pinterest

These couple of weeks had been stressful for me. I was stuck in the cycle of always doing something, either studying, working, chores. It felt endless.

And then I learnt these things from my church’s easter camp. The camp was not about managing stressful days. But I’ve learnt that in the end, you don’t have to be stressed since you have God on your side. And you can do things at your own pace.

*disclaimer: this post is not about Christianity*

Hope that by reading this article, it could help you get out of your stressful cycle as well 🙂

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So last weekend, I spent 4 days 3 nights away with my church on an easter camp.

To be honest, I went to the camp with trivial feelings, such as because of my friends, I want to get away, and a lot more other reasons. But going away on a camp, away from all my responsibilities is actually a good thing for me.

Without further ado, here are a few things I’ve learnt through my church’s easter camp:

  • If you don’t make time for it, you won’t have time for it.

As I’ve mentioned before, I was in a condition where I didn’t have any time for myself. I was jumping from an assignment to another, or to work that I have to do.

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image source: Time Management Abilities

But you have to realize that if you don’t make time for it, you won’t have any.

If you need some down time, be it going out to have lunch, watch a movie, play games, then do it. You are not a machine.

If you want to spend more time with your family, do it. If you think you want to know God better, do it.

 

  • Set your priorities right.

 

 

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image source: Priorities Quotes

In planning and taking up a job, think about your priorities.

 

Think about your end goals, what are you trying to achieve in the end? For example, if your goal is to get a good job, is getting the best result in school/university the best way to achieve it? Should you dedicate some time to gain experience, socialize and connect with people?

If you still don’t have a particular goal in mind, I suggest you to try thinking about it. It doesn’t have to be grand or big, it just have to be enough for you for now. What’s the most important thing for you? Your career, your family, God, etc?

By knowing your end goal, you then can start to plan your days, weeks, months ahead. What you should do now, what you don’t really have to do.

  • Know your limit.

Don’t take up too many work just because a good opportunity comes up. Jobs, works, opportunities will keep coming to you, but what you have to realize is where your limit is.

If you could only focus on one job at a time, then don’t push yourself too hard until you’re stressed out because it won’t be effective anyway. If you could do more, good for you.

As clichè as it could be, quality matters more than quantity.

  • Do it with all your might.

Obviously, without doing your best in whatever you’re doing any of these would just be a waste.

 

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image source: My Ditch The Scale Journey

You now know what your goals are, how you’re going to achieve them (by planning and doing what you can now) and where your limit is, now it’s time to execute the plan.

 

And without using 100 per cent of you, it would only stay as a
dream or a plan. To make it real, you have to do it.

Don’t worry about not reaching your targets, or failing. As long as you have done your best, you’ve pushed yourself as far as you could, you will have the best result.

It might not be the best result according to your preference now, but believe me when I say that it is the best.

 

In the end, it all comes back to you. What your goals are, where your limit is, how you do it. So, only you could get the exact same result as yourself. Don’t ever judge yourself as less than other people just because their result is “better” than yours.

Better is a relative word. It might look better now, but you’d never know how you’ll feel about it in the future.

As long as you’ve done your best, leave the rest of it to God.

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Jennifer Lie

A second year student in Bachelor of Communications of Deakin University. Majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Journalism. Currently working in BUSET Magazine, Indonesian community magazine as a journalist. Did an internship in Kiroyan Partners, a public affairs consultancy firm.

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