Jenni Catron from Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN recently blogged about “Warning Signs” she has realized about herself. Her post prompted some self-reflection and time spent thinking about my own “warning signs”. I have many warning signs in my life.
When I am hungry…beware.
All functions cease to operate properly. No joke.
I can’t think.
I can’t communicate properly.
That was a pretty easy one for me.
Now onto some of the harder ones…
If I am avoiding interaction with people, even just a basic “hi, how are you?” I have not had enough processing time. I need to be alone for a while.
When I am unable to keep focused even to complete a sentence in conversation, in blogging, or writing an email, I am too busy. There is so much going on that my brain is over-stimulated and just cannot keep up to produce communication.
We all have to keep a balance in life, and personally that means that I do tell people “no”.
Whether it’s “no, I can’t do that at all.”
Or “No, I can’t do that today—let’s schedule for another day.”
I have learned my limits in several areas and do my best to keep myself functioning at a sustainable rate in life. Yes, there are times when I can push through a long few days that are taxing on me physically, emotionally, or relationally, but when it comes down to it I have to quickly even back out or I end up frustrated with so many things that I actually enjoy in life!
What are your warning signs?