February 14, 2013
Buffer: Keep a Margin
Have you ever written something on notebook paper and ignored the margin lines so that you could crowd more in, even if it meant writing to the very edge? You’ve probably done the same thing on greeting cards. Sometimes we order our lives that same way, jamming one thing up against another until our schedules allow no space for the unplanned or unexpected (not to mention time for ourselves and those we care about). That’s why Julia Scatliff O’Grady says we need to practice “buffering.” What does she mean? She explains it in this post from her blog, sharing material from her book, Good Busy: Productivity, Procrastination, and the Endless Pursuit of Balance, recently published by RCWMS Press, a project of our friends at the Resource Center for Women & Ministry in the South. Julia writes: “Since February includes Valentine’s Day, I have been wondering whether buffer practice can be an act of love.” She might be on to something. Let’s try it!