It's a Wednesday evening. There's a crispness in the air, as the temperature flirts with freezing. It's a good night for a sweatshirt, maybe a blanket, some hot cocoa perhaps…
And it's a good night to give…to you.
We lead busy lives. All that STUFF we have going on EVERY day. All wrapped around some sleep in there there someplace.
Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
? I'm busy – the status symbol of success. ?
Has it come to that?
The truth is – I know that I have, on more that one occasion, pulled out that "I'm busy" card (and felt that there was some level of status in that).
It's easy. Because the truth is – we ARE busy! And even if we're not – it's still not too difficult to occupy our time with those non-important and non-urgent activities that make us "look" busy (or like we're just trying to get a short break in the busy-ness of our lives…).
Lets' call this for what it really is – we "allow" ourselves to be busy.
And in the DOING of this – we are, at our core, neglecting something very important.
In the pretense of our busy lives – we neglect to take care of ourselves.
By the time all of our busy commitments are done – what's left? What's REALLY left?
Is there time to just BE with YOU?
And are you?
No phones. No television. No running to that next activity.
Just – time to be still. (whatever that idea of "be still" is for you)
Time – for YOU. Not because you should. Not because you need to fill a time-chunk in your calendar. Not because it looks good.
Do it because your life is precious…meaningful…real… (it is)
Do it because you don't know that tomorrow brings… (we don't know)
Do it because you are worth it… (you are)
30 Day Challenge: Make time – each day. Now – give that TIME to YOU. This can be a bunch of different possibilities: morning meditation/quiet time, a walk around the block, resurrect (or start a new) hobby, read a book, exercise, "play" outside, etc. You get the idea – this is about deliberately choosing to give time to yourself. DAILY. And you are doing this – because YOU choose to. Remember: you are doing this for YOU. Choose, with meaning, what this will be. And then – commit to GIVING to YOU – for the next 30 days.
by Lance Ekum