“I need more time.”
“I’m swamped — too many things to do, not enough time.”
You’ve heard these complaints often — from friends, co-workers, neighbors, family members. You’ve probably said similar things yourself, when you’re overwhelmed and frazzled.
We say yes to too many things. We say no to too few. We often measure our importance by the number of our activities. We fritter away time with activities of little merit.
News flash: you and I — and everyone on our planet — have exactly the same amount of time every day. The universe is an equal opportunity provider: twenty four hours for every human being. No one is more privileged than you when the daily hours are doled out.
How are you spending your daily gift?
- Who and what are most important in your life? Are they primary in your days?
- What steals time from your most important pursuits and passions?
- When was the last time you assessed your days, asking, “Where does my time go? What is it I really want to be about? What adjustments and refocusing can I make?”
But lest we slip into our super achiever personality, I am suggesting that we gather our fractured and distracted selves, eliminate the activities that sap our strength and steal our time, and begin to live our days with clarity and focus. Our hours are not meant to be filled to overflowing. They are gifted to us to be lived with passionate simplicity — a simplicity that allows us to:
- give full attention to the child who needs our connection
- savor a summer nap on the patio
- be present in conversation with a friend or spouse
- enjoy a distraction-free hour, or afternoon, or whole day when we unplug our electronics
- restore and affirm our souls
- reorder the mundane necessities of your days
Be intentional with your twenty-four hours this day, and tomorrow, and the next. When they’re gone, they’re gone — never to be relived. You make the choice for your hours.
Until next Tuesday. . .