So, I read on one of the threads that Spark is eliminating the Planner. A number of Sparkers are up in arms about this. If your are someone who uses that Spark feature, you may want to save the information you have there to another place, just in case Spark does go through with the change.
I have to admit that I've seldom used the Planner, Journal or Calendar features myself. I had a couple of fellow Sparkers' birthdays saved, so I transferred those to my wall calendar. And I had a few journal entries, but it seemed unnecessary to use that feature when I can just post in my Spark blog.
BUT, I did save this one post! I'm almost embarrassed to post it, because I've been struggling with these issues for long. (If you want to see the post date, scroll to the bottom.) I refuse to kick myself around about this, but instead accept it as a reminder of my weakness in this area. And ask the Lord to be my strength in overcoming it!
Here's the Post:
I've actually gotten 7 or more hours of sleep for the past three nights. I hope this is the beginning of a nice long streak! I've got to stop making excuses. In the evening, I'm tired but often push myself to do "one more thing" as if I don't feel I've done enough during the day to "earn" my rest.
"Benefits" of not getting enough sleep:
I have an excuse for not doing my best at work.
I have an excuse for forgetting things or misplacing things.
I have an excuse for avoiding housework and decluttering projects, for not dealing with thorny financial matters, for generally behaving like an ostrich when it comes to the difficulties of life.
These "benefits" came home to me" came to light this past week when I got caught on the U-bahn with my ticket unpunched. (Note: the German trains and subways generally operate on an honor system. But if you get caught riding without a ticker, the fines can be very hefty!) I had forgotten. "I was TIRED" was my excuse to myself for forgetting to punch it when I got on the train. Fortunately, this had never happened before so I didn't have to pay the fine of 40 euros, only 10. But 10 euros is still a lot of money! Now, I might have forgotten to punch the ticket anyway - even if I hadn't been "tired" - but I want to stop using this as an excuse.
By not getting enough sleep - something I'm fully capable of controlling most of the time! - I'm just adding more stress to a life that is stressful enough. I want to drop out of the "my life is more stressful than yours" competition for good!
Benefits of enough sleep:
My skin looks better.
I don't forget to do things, or misplace things as often.
I have more energy.
My body has a chance to regenerate.
My mind has a chance to process the day's thoughts and activities, and is more capable of the high quality thinking that Romans 12:2 calls me to.
Did you see that? Almost 7 years ago!