Frequently I find myself saying that I don’t have time for something:
To feel what I’m feeling. I’ll feel it later.
To take an extra second or two to be sure that I did it right the first time. I’ll fix it later.
To cut my kids’ pancakes. I need to get ready.
To do a 5-8 minute exercise routine. I don’t have time for that.
To fill up the gas tank. I’ll wait until it’s on “E.”
To check the mail. It will be there tomorrow, it’s only bills anyway.
To listen to my daughter when she’s angry or sad. I’ve got to get ready.
Last Tuesday, I stopped and realized what I was really saying is that I don’t have time to love. What am I getting ready for? To what destination am I rushing?
So starting now, I am challenging myself to pause for a moment longer and ask myself: how can I make this moment more meaningful? how can I express more love, more compassion, and have more in this moment?
While in many ways I have been doing this throughout my life, this is a new level of understanding and a new level of accountability. Challenge: Accepted!
Let the games begin!
Interestingly Thursday morning I was almost in an accident because a woman who didn’t have time to apply her face (makeup) at home was doing so while driving 45mph+. She then suddenly cut into my lane when traffic in hers stopped… I hope she now finds 5 mins in her morning to not apply her face and drive!