What do you do with your time? Is there enough of it? Do you feel like you need more time to do what it is you were truly meant to do, because commitments and work and family and friends and pets and just keeping up take up every single waking moment of your day?
So much is asked of us in the average day. Not just the tasking, but also the comprehending. The amount of information available to us borders on infinite as we cope with making sense of it. We try not to overwhelm. We do the best we can with the time we're given. And at the end of the day, we see, with great clarity, all the things we've pushed off for another day. Those things fall into a bucket - a bucket of things to do when we have time. One day.
And we wonder, really wonder if there will be the time, or the resources, or the freedom and support from those around us to fly. Ever.
Because flying means taking steps and falling and recovering. Can we really do that in between everything else we have to do? Can we really try and allow ourselves the luxury of obstacles and failure and new starts that flying really requires, all the while keeping up the metronomic tact of our everyday existence?
Of course we can. But it means looking at time in new ways, to try to get what we want out of it, instead of letting it get what it wants out of us.
Once we've decided that something is worth sacrifice, we have to sacrifice something. Time online. Television time. Wine drinking time. Pasting together pockets of time, small ones, to dedicate to something meaningful can change everything. Because once we dedicate ourselves to exploring our interests in a way that's unencumbered and free, we will be propelled forward until the entire activity starts to take on a life of its own. I've seen it happen again and again. It always amazes me, synchronicity, because it incorporates a strong spiritual aspect, one where if we push ourselves in the right direction, we'll brought to a completely different place, through doors where the keys fit and unlock treasures without as much as a sound. That kind of spirituality - the kind the moves us just because we're open to it moving us.
I'm finishing up my ebook, Your Truth. The first few chapters will be available soon here as a free download. If you like it, the rest will be available for purchase on Amazon. We're starting our B&B season shortly and are finishing major landscaping work. And I'm working on the publicity plan for the release of my upcoming novel. My pottery studio is full of pieces to glaze and finish in the next week or two. Overwhelm is hitting me in the night and the early hours of the morning. But I look at all of these activities - every single one of them - and I realize that they are a result of taking chances and flying. So I'm accepting the overwhelm right now as a part of where I am. I remember to step back and not think. To allow my spirit to breathe and take in the moment as it presents itself. It's not always easy to do this but I know I must. And that every day is beautiful, even the ones fraught with challenge and trepidation.
That life is lovely.
Speaking of loveliness, if you would like to seek more treasures about your own life, your own time and how to get what you want from both, take a look at my friends Courtney Carver and Tammy Strobel's project, your lovely life. They're offering the perfect online course for just this subject called your lovely lessons.
For those of you who are not familiar with these two ladies, their blogs are a trove of inspiration about simple living and making time for what you really want. They're two experts on the subject. I've known them both for years, and return to their blogs again and again to center myself. They interviewed me recently for the Lovely Life project - it was an honor to be part of it.