Deadlines in Work and Life

Today is the deadline for the paper – which means that today all the work for the next issue has to be in because the paper prints tomorrow morning.  Each cycle, “deadline Tuesdays” loom ahead in the distance – giving everyone at the paper a goal to aim for.

In many other areas of life, deadlines also serve as a way to keep people on track and focused.  For instance, when you start a diet, you often know in your mind how much weight you want to lose and by when; or when you are working on updating your resume, you have an idea of how you want to present yourself depending on what kind of field you want to be in. I like deadlines – without them, I find it hard to keep myself disciplined enough to get things done.  In many ways, I wish that it was easier to set deadlines for my spiritual life as well.

Counting good deeds or how many prayers one says a day isn’t the same as counting how many pounds you’ve lost or how many projects you checked off your to-do list.  In other words, at least for me, growing spiritually is tough!  It’s hard to know if you’ve made progress.  I’m curious if anyone out there has any suggestions on how you help yourself grow spiritually – especially because our spiritual deadline is the most important one of all.

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