If you talk to me for even 10 minutes straight, it’ll probably come up that I really like (read: am completely addicted to) podcasts. I used to love a variety of blogs but it felt so overwhelming to keep up on the reading that I gave them up entirely. Much like I’ve mostly end up writing in mine. I have to give things up sometimes even if I love them.
So to fill the void, I’ve turned to podcasts. Podcasting just works for me. I spend hours in the car every week and it’s the perfect “me time” to learn or laugh or grow or think or fill-in-the-blank.
One of my favorites that I rarely recommend to others because it feels so random is The Simple Show from The Art of Simple. Does it have anything to do with my life? Not really. At least not on paper. I mean, what do I have in common with a mom of multiple kids who is pretty churchy and travels around the world? Like… I realized I was hooked when I spent an hour and a half long drive listening to her talk about how she organizes herself to homeschool her kids. I also once listened to a four part series about traveling around the world with kids. See? It should be so irrelevant to my life.
But it’s my happy time… A guilty pleasure… A reset button.
Today I attended a pretty emotional meeting over lunch where I had to say goodbye to some folks who had become dear friends. These people will remain in my life but I had to walk away from the group to which we all belong because I simply don’t have time. I’m stretched more thin than I’ve maybe ever been and this was something I felt I needed to give up.
But I felt guilty. It’s hard to walk away from something that you once loved. Even if it was time.
So back to The Simple Show. I threw on an older episode I hadn’t gotten to yet while I was driving back to the office. I didn’t even look at the title. And they started talking about walking away from things you love. And why you can’t feel guilty. And all of that.
The episode was “Knowing When to Quit”
I’m not even kidding.
Part of the episode talked about the difference between your life’s purpose and your role in life. If the role isn’t fitting that purpose you aren’t going to be happy. I haven’t felt so sure of a decision I’ve made in ages by the time I got done with those 30 minutes of wisdom.
So on paper, it might not make any sense why I love it. But I do. It somehow speaks to me. Through the homeschooling and the travel and the Jesus-ing and the mommy stories and all of it. It just speaks to me.
Maybe it’ll speak to you too. Maybe not. And that’s ok too.