TO LIVE IN THE NOW is to live in separate compartments. When you go to work, be completely focused on the job. Put all home thoughts away. It will be a continual, conscious putting away. When you catch yourself drifting back to home concerns, say to yourself, “I won’t think about that now. I’ll think about it when I get home.”
Do the same thing at home. Put work thoughts away in their own compartments. If you must bring actual work home with you, set aside a specific time and place (not in the family room where all the home-related action is) to do work-related activities. …
My children found my method of compartmentalizing worries frustrating. They couldn’t get me in a dither about an issue that needed an answer next month. I would mentally decide when I needed to make a decision and I’d say, “Don’t ask me about that now. Ask me next Friday (or next week or next year).” I’d let it go and not worry about it until then. How did I do it? I kept reminding myself, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough troubles of its own” (Matt. 6:34, NIV).
– Patricia Wilson
When You Come Unglued
From pages 75-76 of When You Come Unglued … Stick Close to God by Patricia Wilson. Copyright © 2007 by Patricia Wilson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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