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It’s been a hectic week for me as I am sure it has been for many of you. Growing up in South Africa, September didn’t have the same new-start, new-year, getting-back-to-routine feel as it does here in Canada. Like many of you, I’m settling into the routine of the new season. After this first week of a packed schedule, I’m reminding myself that, going forward, I need to include time for what is important. If I don’t, the urgent things will dominate my life – like they have in the past week. It was Eisenhower that said, what is important is seldom urgent, and what is urgent is seldom important.
Many of us have such crazy, busy lives that we seldom have time to think, to rest, to have fun or do nothing. Even writing this, there is a part of me that feels like these things – rest, fun, nothing – have no value. I know that is not true. There is a tremendous value when we take time to re-energize. Our time to recharge somehow gets relegated to the back room in the basement – the place we keep the stuff we know we want but can’t or won’t find space for on the main floor of our lives.
When we don’t give ourselves what we need, when we don’t make time for the non-urgent things we value, we shortchange ourselves and all those around us.
Before the spaciousness of the summer is too far out of sight, take some time to consider what is important and plan it into your schedule.
“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.”
If you want to figure out what will help reinvigorate you and how to fit it into your life, I would love the opportunity to work with you.