How are you spending your time? How am I spending my time? I have been learning lessons along the way from sister while she goes through her rehabilitation to regain her life. I am her greatest supporter and cheerleader. I also watch her carefully for bumps in the road that she might not see coming. She is in the thick of it and I am outside so I have a different perspective. And what I know is her resources, both physical and mental, are limited. And how she uses her resources (energy, time, thoughts, habits) are going to determine the quality of her life to come.
So I say to her ” I know you are not hungry, but when you do eat make sure the food is healthy and good for you.” ” I know you get tired, so spend your time on things that feed your soul, that make you happy.” ” I know your mind can only absorb so much right now, so don’t take in information that will not help you heal and recover”. And we work on that, making sure she uses her resources in a way that will support her recovery.
We all need to do this. I need to do this. I have been down this road myself but my sister has reminded how important it is. How am I spending my time, and what am spending it on? Does it make life better, does it make me happier, have more joy, more love, more peace, more growth? And if does not, why am I doing it? I don’t have to be in crisis to spend my time wisely and mindfully.
I know I have to go to work everyday to support myself. I know that every day at work is not awesome. But I can still be awesome. I don’t have to let my surroundings define me. It is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of stress and gossip that pervade my work place. But that is not me, and I can have a boundary around that. And I actually do. Occasionally I slip into it. But I have to tell you I slip out it pretty fast. I know that is not who I am. I know my basic purpose for being at work is financial. It enables me to live my life freely and without obligation. But beyond I also know my purpose where ever I am is to be a loving presence. So yes, even though I spend 40 hours a week in an office and all that goes with that, it is my choice and a decision I have freely made. I do not let my workplace define me.
So beyond the work week everything is my choice. I always can say yes or no. But I also know if something shows up in my life on some level I have invited that. Even if it is not comfortable or pretty or easy, it is still my lesson. I can learn it now or it will just come back later. The older I am the more I take the lesson now. Why not, I have to learn it to move forward.
And the older I am the more I know what I do not want in my life. I don’t want drama, I don’t want gossip, I don’t want negativity, I don’t want anger, I don’t want to be around people that will use me, I don’t want hatred. And I don’t have much of that around me. I see it, I read about it, I overhear it, but it does not come into my space very much. And I think that is because I have worked hard for the last few years on defining exactly what I do want in my life and spending my time watering those seeds.
So my life is good, I spend time making sure it stays that way. I spend time on things that feed my soul. I read inspirational writings, I spend time in nature, I spend time at church, I spend time with those I love, I spend time in prayer, I spend time in music, I spend time in creating a safe haven to come home to. I spend time in my community. I make sure my family and friends know I love them. I listen to them, I share with them. I also spend time on junk tv and on dirty jokes with my girlfriends. I spend time going to lunch or dinner, enjoying what world has to offer. I spend as much time as I can in laughter. I spend time taking photos of whatever moves my soul. I spend my time moving my body whether exercise, sex or a walk in nature. I enjoy my body, I feed it. I let it sing, I let dance, I let it live.
And that is what I spend my time on. And each of those things are choices I make day in and day out. I choose to spend my time on things that feed my soul. I hope you do too. Life is fast and can change on a dime. Don’t waste your minutes because they become your hours, and that becomes your life. Everyday you get to choose where you spend your time.