Stay Out of the Margin!


Remember being in grade school and getting in trouble for writing in the margins?  I found out the hard way that there is actually a much more profound lesson to be learned from that elementary experience than I had originally thought.  And I learned that lesson the really hard way after walking in a few minutes late to the school lunchroom where my daughter was waiting for me to join her for lunch..

In tears.

Although I was just a couple minutes late,the tears were flowing down her face.

And I felt horrible.  (Not to mention this happened on the first day of her state testing.  Double whammy!)

I promised myself, then and there, that I am finally going to get serious about correcting this bad habit of living life in the margin.  Turns out the margins are there for a reason: to protect me from myself!  That’s right.  I need all the safeguards I can get.  So, I am intentionally beginning to build margins into my life.  No more trying to cram everything into the smallest amount of time possible.

Instead I’m transitioning from begin task oriented to principle oriented.  This may take me awhile to get down but I’m committed.  Time to put that elementary lesson to good use.

Keep you posted!

Your Robynn


Use the Resources You Have

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That is the word you could use to describe us when we started off on this journey of Peace with Food.  We basically knew nothing regarding the subject except that we didn’t have it.  But we began anyway, starting with what we had – a deep desire and determination to find what had eluded us for so long.  Along with that determination, we had a commitment to see it through no matter what.  We would not stop searching until we had found Peace with Food.

So, off we set, using the few resources we had.  Trust us when we say, it was not pretty.

We failed . . .  And we failed . . .  And we failed some more.

But we were undaunted and resolute, refusing to quit, because deep down inside we knew we were onto something.  From the moment we promised our selves we would never diet again, a new peace came into our lives.  It was tiny – just a little seed – but it was more peace than we had ever had before and so we persisted.

And as we continued, we stumbled upon a principle that would become a big part of Peace with Food:

If you want more resources, begin using the ones you already have.

We discovered that faithfulness with what we already have, regardless how small, is the key to getting more.

This is what we call using the resources you have.  Whether it be time, money, ideas, or opportunity, instead of wishing for something we don’t have, we have learned to just come up with our best plan and move forward.  It might not be ideal and we may wish we had more resources, but we press on.  And invariably we find that as we continue on, more opportunities come our way.

So what are your resources?  Jot them down if that helps you.  Try to include everything you can think of.  Here are some categories to get you started:  money, time, relationships, talents, experience, education, opportunities, age, circumstances, your gender, your influence, your personality, geographic location, your job/career, your past, your present, character traits, and your life.

You may be surprised to see that you really do have enough to take that first step.  So, go ahead,   Use the resources you have.  🙂

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Take-Home Message:

If you want more resources, use the ones you already have.