Marginless living is an epidemic in our world today. Marginless living is being thirty minutes late to the doctor’s office because you were twenty minutes late getting out of the bank because you were ten minutes late dropping the kids off at school because the car ran out of gas two blocks from the gas station – and you forgot your wallet.
Margin, on the other hand, is having breath left at the top of the staircase, money left at the end of the month and sanity left at the end of raising kids through adolescence.
Marginless is fatigue; margin is energy.
Marginless is red ink; margin is black ink.
Marginless is hurry; margin is calm.
Marginless is anxiety; margin is security.
Marginless is culture; margin is counterculture.
Marginless is the disease of the new millennium; margin is its cure. (pg. 13 Richard Swenson “Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives“)
I have definitely been affected by marginless living. Marginless living brought me to a medical leave in 2007. Since then I have been making important changes in my life to bring in some margin.
I have made it a priority to be home more nights than I am out.
I am scheduling life around breaks instead of breaks around life.
I am taking a weekly sabbath.
I am learning to say “no.”
I am also constantly on the look out for good resources in the area of margin and self-care. Recently, I came across Richard Swenson’s book “Margin.” Over the next several months I want to work through the book chapter by chapter every Wednesday. I would love for you to join me in this too!
Reading a book with a group of people is a great way to really dig into a book. I have done this a few times and I have really enjoyed it! All you need to do is read the book with me and write a post about the chapter for the week. Each week I will have a Simply Linked widget where you can insert your link so that everyone can read what the group is writing.
Here are the chapters of the book:
1. Marginless living
2. The pain of progress
3. The pain of problems
4. The pain of stress
5. The pain of overload
7. Margin in emotional energy
8. Margin in physical energy
9. Margin in time
10. Margin in finances
11. Health through contentment
12. Health through simplicity
13. Health through balance
14. Health through rest
15. Pain, margin, health and relationship
I am really excited about digging into this book and I hope that you will join me!
What effects has marginless living had on you?
This is the beginning of my book club discussions of Richard Swenson’s book “Margin.” . This week I read Chapter 1: Marginless Living. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please share your thoughts!