People often say, "I have too much on my plate." We are all so busy and sometimes forget the important things. Well, the other day while having a family meeting, my husband suggested we illustrate our priorities based on a plate. What are the important things we should be feeding? Or taking the time to be fed by?
The focus of our discussion as a family was to list the things we find most important, what motivates us, what gives us hope. How to practice gratitude and how to encourage each other. These are the things that drive us. Then, we listed them as priorities. From there, we talked about how to remember our priorities and what kind of tools we could use to help us.
Then the kids really took off with it. The plates had different foods symbolizing different things. God is the meat, our protein. Veggies were health or people. Utensils became the tools we use to help us stay on track. Desserts or drinks were the fun things we love to do. Napkins contained thankfulness lists.
It was a very creative way to think of our priorities and the tools to help us stay focused. Like, our bibles, prayer lists, faith books, planners and check lists.
Today the youngest was asked if he had done one thing with each of his priorities before media time. He said he forgot what were his priorities. So, I decided to have us process our notes from our family meeting and draw out nicely on a sheet of paper to fit in our faith books, our priority plates. Hopefully, the pages will serve as a reminder of those things most important to us. The youngest, by the way, loved it so much he said we should do family projects like that more often. And he also decided to draw a house symbolizing his priorities in his journal.