S is for Schedule

My current schedule is overflowing with all sorts of professional and personal responsibilities.  There's student testing to be done,   School functions to attend, Church commitments to complete, personal development tasks to work on, and the list goes on and on.  When my schedule is this full, I  can easily feel overwhelmed, stressed, and anxious.  Therefore, I need to make a conscious effort to relax and stay focused.  I know I'm not the only one in this situation, so I decided to share some thoughts I find helpful.

You Cannot Control The Results
Pencil, Micron Pens, Opaque Water Colors, and Colored Pencils
Anything But Cute Challenge #13 - Celebrate Your Style
Julia's (& Jan's) What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #363
Kristine & Eva's Paint Party Friday Week 11 Year 6
Kim's Show Your Face - Head Positions
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
First, although I always strive to do my best, I need to be aware that perfection is not always plausible.  I need to remember Allan Lokos quote, "You cannot control the results, only your actions."

Summer in Mustang Island, Texas
Casio Exilim Shot By My Daughter Edited by Me on iPhoto & Pixelmator
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #228
ABC Wednesday - Letter S
Sue's Image-In-Ing
Our Beautiful World #147 ~ By the Sea
Moo- Mania - Water
I need to make time to relax, even if it's just to reminisce on special moments.  The words in Psalm 46:l0, are a good reminder."Be still, and know that I am God."

Thank You, Jesus!
Colored Pencils and Metallic Pen
Art Journal Journey- Journeys
Try It On Tuesday - Spots, Dots and Splashes
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #230-31
Finally, I need to remember Tecumseh's words, "When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength.  Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.  If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself."

I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on dealing with hectic schedules, and would love to hear what you do.  Anyway, I also want to thank all my followers, as well as everyone who took the time to leave a comment on my blog post last week.  Peace!  Paz!  Shalom!


Wonderful artwork and post as always Arnoldo - even though you are so busy! Thank you very much for joining us at Art Journal Joureny and Moo Mania & More. That quote is so true!

chrissie said…
Wonderful post and so good that you have your art to help you.

Thank you for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday

Take care. Love Chrissie xx
Valerie-Jael said…
Thanks for joining us at AJJ and MM&M with your lovely artwork, Valerie
MelodyK said…
A busy boy you are.... but that gives live a meaningfull sense, doesn't it.

Take are, all in due time!

Have a nice ABC-Wednes-day / – week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)
NCSue said…
We're in the midst of renovating right now and have taken little time for R&R recently. Looking forward to a visit with family soon. It will be great to spend a week with the kids.
I believe it was the theologian Reinhold Neibuhr who was once asked what he thought was the most beautiful prayer. He's said to have answered, "Thank you". I'm sure God doesn't hear that anywhere near enough.
So I say it now:

Thank you, God.
Murthy K v v s said…
A truthful quote over there.Have a nice day.
I love the quote about controlling your actions not the results. This time of year is always so busy. I've never heard that quote and it is a good thing to remember. Beautiful pieces today. I hope you keep your stress levels down and manage to juggle all your tasks. :) Erika
Rosie said…
Gorgeous artwork.

Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE
sirkkis said…
Impressive piece of Art with a great message. Thank you for sharing with us at TioT.
Unknown said…
Yes Ardoldo, I have enjoyed your thoughts as well as your art. Seeing a butterfly swoop by is really a joyful moment. Is swoop what they do or perhaps glide is better? I have not posted for many weeks due to some rather severe health issues which are beginning to abate. I read Psalm 103 many times a day. Your post has has spoken to me very loudly. Thank you so much for posting this lovely creative art in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge #230-#231 - Anything Goes.
Blessings, Carole
SusanLotus said…
Beautiful and thoughtful post.
And your painting is wonderful.

glitterandglue said…
How true, Arnoldo. As the world around us tells us we are indispensable, we need to rush more and fit more into our days, etc., then it is even more important to do as the Psalmist tells and reminds us - to "Be still and know that I am God". He is there in the midst, behind, before, beside - it's up to us to allow ourselves to hear Him, and know His stillness in the chaos.
Take care. God bless.
Margaret #5
Love your artwork Arnoldo and the meaningful quote. We have to be careful not to overcommit ourselves. Some commitments are necessary and unavoidable, yes, but you also have to be mindful of your own needs. Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa #37
Indrani said…
Wonderful creative work by you!
I like the thoughts you have shared.
We should be thankful for what we have!
Lunch Lady Jan said…
That is a very pertinent thought for me at the moment as I seem to be running around in ever decreasing circles.....I need to prioritise what's important to me. Thank you for sharing. I also love that photo of you at the sea, what a great picture :-)
Hugs, LLJ xxx
Ann said…
If you want something done well, give it to a busy person. Love your pictures today.
Beautiful photos and artwork, Arnoldo
Little Artbee said…
Thank you for your thoughts and the nice artworks you shared with us.
Making Art is like meditation, like a prayer, time for stillness, time to be yourself. I wish you every day a piece of time to relax and to come to yourself. Take care of you and God bless you.
Cathy Kennedy said…
Arnoldo, I like the photo of the mature couple on the beach. It looks fabulous in B&W!

Another look at Wiseman's View
Sharon said…
Wonderful post! I think we sometimes forget to just take time to breathe and relax when things are crazy. I know I had that problem before I stopped working. I got so that I felt as though I was beginning to lose myself. Thanks for sharing.

Sharon K #45
LOVE the photo of you and your wife...great position. LOVE the eyes on your journal pages...so unique! Great post too!
Hi Arnoldo, when I was teaching full time I always found that everyone had their own priorities which were not always the same as mine so I would nod my head gracefully, complete the things which were a priority to me and then put the rest in an order which I considered feasible that way I stayed in control and everything got done as they always do despite what anyone else may think. Oh and keep smiling especially when others look worried they will think you are either very much in control or completely mad lol! Hope you have a great woyww and a happy crafty week too, Angela x 20
Sharon Madson said…
Thoughtful post as usual. I did my post on the road this week on an iPad mini, and it is lacking. I will have to learn ho do posts from my iPad better. Nothing worked as normal. Oh, well, guess we all try to do too much! #62
Gail said…
Isn't it the truth - the days events and those coming up in the week can certainly get us overwhelmed - so thankful that Jesus gives us a peace that passes all understanding - thank you for slipping your art work in our challenge over at WAW - have a blessed week!
Leslie: said…
Such a great post to remind us all the perfection is nigh on impossible, but do keep trying to do your best, no matter what. Love the black & white shot by your daughter - must be you and your wife! Love the shadows at play. I had a lovely surprise this afternoon...when taking my puppy to the park, I saw a swan family slowly paddling in the river near the tall reeds. I hopped out of the car and quietly got a few shots with my cellphone camera, but might go back with my "real" camera that has 40X telephoto to try and get better shots. What a beautiful sight! Made me happy yet sad...

abcw team
Kirsty Vittetoe said…
Beautiful photo by the sea, thanks for sharing with us at Our Beautiful World!
April said…
I am feeling the same way. Right now I should be working on 4 different cards and a training document. I've already helped Todd plant tomato plants and baked brownies for a co workers birthday tomorrow. I'm getting tense just typing about it. Thank you for the advice. :-)
April #38
Alas, I am overscheduled. Tomorrow, I have a meeting AND a bat mitzvah. Obviously, I'm going to the latter. But still...
sarascloset said…
Fabulous and well needed post, Arnoldo! thank you for sharing not only your thoughts on how to deal with what life throws at us, but for your lovely artwork! We love seeing your work at Anything But Cute, and happy you Celebrated Your Style with us again! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

PS I go for a walk or sit on the porch swing and take a deep breath. I either pray or write a list or both!
Christine said…
That Lokos quote is so true and should bring us some relief from our anxiety! Nice work for the challenges this week!
Irene Rafael said…
There are times in our lives when schedules and our plate becomes so full that our minds spin. I will remember these wise sayings. I hope you find peace and a pace that is satisfying to you.
~~ Irene
Faye said…
Beautiful works, Arnoldo, in spite of having more to do than time to do it in. I love the quote from Tecumseh. The colored pencil and pen art: "Thank you for this moment" is very beautiful and an apt reminder to take each moment as it comes.
carol l mckenna said…
Lovely art work and live is a 'full plate' for you ~ how blessed you are.

Happy Weekend to you ^_^
Kristin Dudish said…
Such wise thoughts for a hectic schedule!
It seems strange to say, but the best thing you can do when life gets hectic is to slow down, become conscious of, and enjoy each moment...
carol l mckenna said…
Thank you so much A.L. for the info about etagami cards ~ I am fascinated by them and fits my style which is gradually emerging as I paint ~ Need to paint!

Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^
Robin said…
Hi Arnoldo! What a beautiful post. Beautiful artwork and beautiful words. Thank you for sharing it all! Happy PPF! Rasz
Indira said…
Expressive art and a thoughtful post. I understand how you feel. Being overwhelmed has become such a part of our daily life. It is true that we can only control our actions (even that may be hard sometimes). Not worrying about the outcomes is the best way to cope with stress. Again hard to do but worth trying, I think.
Unknown said…
Beautiful post and artwork! <3
DVArtist said…
Hello Arnoldo. As always you have created art and a post to settle the spirit and ease the mind. You inspire such peace and love..... hmmm maybe you should bottle it? LOL Oh I guess you do through your art. Thank you for this post. Enjoy your weekend.
Thank you for these reminders and for sharing your lovely artwork! Thank you also for joining us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx
C.J. Rains said…
I am a perfectionist and it keeps me from completing a lot of projects on time. Some days I just feel like, "What's the use? Nothing is going to turn out right." I sometimes forget to stop long enough to get myself motivated before sitting down to the task at hand. Motivation doesn't always come easily or quickly, but it does come if we know when and where to look for it.
Fantabulous artwork you have shared through this post. I really enjoy the green eyes on your face drawing and the sentiment is so very true. Awesome sauce details on the little town as well.
Thanks for joining our "Celebrate Your Style" challenge at Anything But Cute and sharing in our Blogiversary party! Hugz. ~Niki DT
Beth Niquette said…
As always your wonderfully creative artwork not only fills my eyes, but makes me stop and think a bit. Thank you. Your artwork is just amazing.
Ariel said…
Thank you for sharing such meaningful quotes. What you've stated is so true. Sometimes we must make a conscious effort to slow down. We find a lot of happiness in Gratitude. Your art is looking awesome as always.
Happy Sunday
Serena Lewis said…
Great post, Arnoldo! Love your artwork! Yes, in the fast-paced world we live in nowadays, it is so important to take a moment to just 'breathe'. I find meditation helps me to relax and stay focused. I also try to practise an attitude of gratitude...it helps with perspective and focus too. I love that quote by Tecumseh!

Happy Sunday to you! :)
Giggles said…
Beautifully written..so wise, done with grace! Again, love the quotes and scripture. I use," Let go and let god" as almost a mantra at times!It works in so many ways!

Hugs Giggles
stefanie stark said…
You found exactly the most beautiful quote for a busy schedule. I will note this into my schedule for the forthcoming week too. Many thanks for sharing it. And I love it how you have illustrated this helpful saying. The face of the young man and the city in the background looks amazing as well as the colorful medal. Have a good start tomorrow into the new week!
Victoria said…
Beautiful and peaceful post Arnoldo...gorgeous art..love all of the quotes of wisdom..all so true and meaningful when life is hectic!
Wonderful photograph too!
Happy Sunday Sketches
Jennifer Rose said…
i either read a pointless book or I sleep when things are hectic :)
Wonderful advice. I remember you feeling overwhelmed about this time last year! Good luck with everything. :)
Ariadne said…
Time flies and it is so hectic indeed. It is the end of the school year here so we have tests and festivities and reports. Also we have given a house to a family of refugees from Syria and we have to help them settle down. Last week we had friends visiting and been shown around. It was hectic but happy!
Thanks for sharing in Our Beautiful World. AriadnefromGreece!
SewPaperPaint said…
Great doodling! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Anything But Cute.
Jo Ann said…
These creations are gorgeous. Love your use of Kraft base. We are blessed that you linked with our Challenge at Word Art Wednesday and inviting you to join us again in our current challenge. Leaving you with the encouragement from God's Word in Romans 15:5-6 which tells us, "May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

Michele said…
wise, beautiful words and beautiful art. xo