Even in my 7th decade, I’m as task-directed, goal-focused, and achievement-oriented as they come. Yet with the passing of the years, I’ve learned to leave little breathing spaces in my schedule throughout the day even if I have to create them by force of will (want?).
I’ve learned that the true constraint is not time but energy and that when I conserve my energy by taking and enjoying refreshing breaks when the opportunity presents, I frequently have more motivation. Also, many moments, many human “touch opportunities”, are fleeting and must be enjoyed while they are present, before they vanish in the stream of time. I liken them to viewing sunrises and sunsets on the beach: you take the occasion when it is there, the timing is not yours to dictate!
Yes, at times I’m in flow and I choose to stay there and yes, my social breaks tend to be shorter than most but yes, I leave more space in my days than in days past.
“Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.” – Will Rogers, 1879-1935
“It’s never about time. Just commitment. The question becomes how to stay committed in the face of life with all its madness.” – Emma Wright, Feel Good Friday
“No time? Switch off the TV. Television is our biggest enemy.” – Josie Cluney, Finding Purpose
“Without energy, all the time you spend doing other things would be with low energy and unproductive compared to taking the time to fill yourself.” – Tsang Lindsay, Live Free: Re-Write Your Story
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier