Do you ever feel like the rope in a tug-o-war? There are times in life when I am pulled in seemingly opposite directions and no amount of effort lets me make progress in either direction.

  • Work vs. Family
  • Dreams vs. Responsibility
  • Money vs. Recreation
  • Taking care of others vs. Taking care of ourselves

It seems the push-pull doesn’t end.

Other times, it feels more like a balancing act on a tightrope wire. One wrong move and we’ll fall into the abyss.

When I get to feeling like that, I’ve found a really simple—though sometimes scary—solution.

Let go of the rope.

Stop pulling, stop striving, stop trying to do it all.

Just stop. Rest. Regroup.

If I’m paying attention and recognize the feeling, I make the choice to sit down and take a break. At other times, God does that for me, by sending circumstances that instantly realign my priorities and my never-ending to-do list.

Last week was like that. Angel Falls was getting ready to go to press and I was working on the final proof for the publisher. (The book will release March 1st, so I’ll keep you posted as we get closer. I’m very excited.)

But in the midst of all that, we found out my Uncle’s cancer had gotten worse, so my Dad and I hopped a plane to California to see his sister and brother-in-law for the week. It certainly hadn’t been on the week’s agenda, but it was hugely important.

I’m so glad we went. We laughed, made memories and took photos.

Long overdue family visit

Long overdue family visit


This week, my plan was to dive back into last week’s undone to-do list. Except I caught the nastiest cough/cold/fever thing I’ve had in years. This too shall pass, and I’ll pick up the rope and get back in the game again in a few days.

But for right now, I’m resting and realizing that sometimes, all those terribly urgent things on my list can just wait another day.

How about you? Does life have to force you to slow down or do you consciously take a break every now and then?