On Blank Pages and Passion Planners
And in this I give advice: It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year ago; but now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to desire it, so there also may be a completion out of what you have. For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have. –2 Corinthians 8:10-12
On Mondays I make a list in the big black planner I purchased last year. I bought it because it was un-dated, thus leaving me open to skipping weeks or months or even beginning late in the year. I do this to trick myself into not feeling guilty about all the time I’ve purchased planners and not followed through. I have a stack of unused, half empty, mostly blank planners. Under my bedside table is like the place all old and unwanted planners go to die peacefully.
But this here “Passion Planner” has been a real boost to alleviate my previous planner failure rate. I like the blank spaces interspersed with prompts and quotes and “go get ’em” messages here and there. And the empty space where the date would usually be is like a grace to me. It’s like it tells me, “Go get ’em but give yourself a little breathing room too, pal.” I like a planner that treats me nice when I’m more inclined to treat myself badly.
On the other hand, I also need daily readings like the one I got today by email as I filled in those un-dated spaces with this week’s dose of numbers and commitments. I have deadlines to meet this week, kids going back to school, bills to pay, furniture to dust (just kidding on that last one… I don’t dust furniture, pfft!) This reading though countered my tendency to leave that which is blank, blank…or even worse, to make that list on Monday and leave it unrealized. The planner purchase shows a willing mind, the filling in shows a willing mind, but the flesh is weak and the Netflix just added the latest season of Dr Who. If you know me in person you’ll know why this is significant. If not, let’s just say I’ve had no access to the latest season and I’m a rabid an avid fan.
And yet, here it is, this reminder that filling in blank spaces is something but it’s not quite enough in the long run. I’m reminded that though I do not desire to pay the bills or get the schoolwork sorted, to meet the post deadlines or dust the furniture, the “follow-through” will be what moves the needle ultimately.
Okay, maybe except for that “dusting the furniture” part. Let’s just keep our expectations realistic here.