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Time: Friend or Foe?

21 Mar

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Time can be either a friend or foe.

I’ve had moments where I wanted to send a note, make a crafty gift or call a long lost friend, but life gets in the way. It’s as if life, which can translate to time lost, becomes this character that takes away those moments of opportunity.

The thoughtful gift or note you wanted to send someone special.

The intended “I love you” lost by the buzz of a cell phone.

The sunrise overshadowed by the blare of the morning news. Undulating moments are like the tide; they come and go and you have to choose to wade in them or spritely dodge them and go onto the next moment.

I’ve had many moments when I was going to wait for the “right time” to do something and then the urgency and intention was lost. I vividly remember as a little girl thinking to myself that I’ll teach myself how to be healthy and not eat “junk” food. I had my whole life ahead of me to learn how to eat my veggies. Let me tell myself something, “bad habits are hard to break.”

Time ticks on and the intentions to “get it right” trickle away. And then there’s not enough time to take care of yourself. It’s usually when we’re a bit too far gone that we seek out healtful living.

Three is a Magic Number: Mind.Body.Spirit. 

Now, give me a moment longer , let’s tie time, health and wellness, and actually doing something about it together. Health and wellness are multi-faceted,complex,interchanging and synonomous with the yin and yang symbol in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Ultimately our desire to be “balanced” in life is all based on our perspective and definition we place on that word. The MBS connection is powerful when every area is synergistic. Life feels satisfying, warm and fuzzy* – insert any feel good word here.

Wrapped Up Just for You:

I read The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. As a person that had to coach new reps in the insurance industry one thing was evident. Having measurable and attainable goals and backing it up with activity didn’t complete the puzzle. 

Theimportant thing I learned as a coach was digging up the deep rooted WHY for the motivation to do what we do – or not do what we wanted to do.  It has to be great enough for us to launch us to the next thing and push us to focus on the things that are important to us.

This little ditty of a book help me jot down my dreams, goals, needs and more importantly my values. I then mapped it out.

My husband, reconnecting with family, writing, my business, my finances, my mind (books, education), body (working out, physical triumphs – headstand here we come!), soul (Bible reading, journaling and writing – yep, even a little motivational reading/listening) all of these things don’t happen every day, but they’re noted and accounted for to get me to where I want and need to be. I used the MBS components to help me define those important pieces.

I’m dork enough to even get a Weekly Rhythm register – yep that’s included in the book, too. I’ve been doing it for the past 3 weeks. It’s been incredibly clarifying to discern where I’m putting my time, what’s distracting me (thank you,Facebook) and where my intentions and truth are not lining up. If you’re interested in learning more:

Defining those things – where I want and need to be, gives me the power of using my time wisely. Everything else can be released, peacefully and gracefully without guilt, but gratitude.

Gratitude to have the insight to know what I need for myself and my family. And use the God given insight and passion to share it – that’s important stuff!

So using your time wisely and placing those important bits at the top of the list – makes you feel whole. If you have pieces that encompass the mind, the body,and the spirit – you’re doing pretty darn good.

Some homework for you:

Define where you want to be now.

What are the most important things you can do for yourself and your visions for your life: Mind. Body. Spirit.

There are alot of things that can fall under each of those topics.

Once you’re done being so “inward,” extend it to others.

Darren Hardy says that he wakes in the  morning and before getting out of bed he says a prayer of gratitude, a list of ramblings and then he sends love and light to one person that crosses his mind. That was so cool to me that I’ve adopted that morning ritual. Some of you may have already received a love gram from me.

What a beautiful way to start it off right in your words and take a moment to really appreciate the life as it is now.

So I ask, what do you do with your time to make it count? How can you appreciate the small things in your day to get your perspective right? How does it make you feel in mind, body, spirit? How are you taking care of yourself?

For you Peter Pan lovers, this one’s for you. Captain Hook has Tic Tock at his heels. Don’t let time pass you by or sneak up and bite you in the butt.

Take Care!

Kari-Ann