The Margin

When I fetched my son from school yesterday, he could not wait to tell me that “one of his girl classmate is stressed out”.

Stressed-out? A stressed-out 9-year-old? I confess I was more curious than being concerned. My son then related to me what happened during the Life-Skills class. From the school to my house is about 10-minutes drive. So, it took him 10 minutes to tell me what a stressed-out 9-year-old is like. According to the detailed reporting of events, this 9-year old girl was throwing out her anger to her classmates. And the teacher allowed her to release her temper and tension in a very diplomatic way. And the little girl finally broke down and cried, my little reporter reported. He was happy that it was over though he was one of the “victims” being thrown with mud.

I baked a chicken pie last night. What has baking a chicken pie to do with a stressed-out little girl. Baking is one of my ways to allow myself to enjoy some unhurried time and space. In particular, making the pie crust is especially a perfect conclusion to my hurried day. Here is the pie –

The margin – Yan’s Chicken Pie Posted by Hello

The space and unhurried time is the margin in our life. The stressed-out little girl has no more margin left emotionally. Therefore, a little irritation results in such great burst of temper. I heard this little illustration of the importance of margin sometime ago. The speaker illustrated that when you are given a blank piece of paper to take notes, you normally fill up the whole page. When you are given a blank piece of paper with margin on the left, you will start writing notes and leave the margin blank.

This little margin can play magic in your life. It allows you space and unhurried time. If you do not have this little margin, when your children drop something, you burst into temper. When someone step on your toes, you shout at him.

We need this little margin in all aspects of our life – physically, emotionally, financially and spiritually.

We all need unhurried and space. How about baking a pie for the perfect conclusion of a hurried day?