Today you have extra time… what are you going to do with it?
That is not pressure or guilt, that is an invitation to go through this day (and every day) being aware of the precious gift that time is.
Time = the unit of measure we use to document our lives by. Everyone gets the same amount each cycle the sun and moon go through, but we don’t know how many cycles we each have.
Though it feels like we are getting extra time today, we really aren’t. But today we use a unit of measure (leap year) that we only use every four years, which keeps our calendars in sync with the cycles of the sun and moon. (I’m so glad there are people much smarter than me that figure that stuff out)
Since almost dying in an accident, I’ve been fascinated with time and have started collecting clocks. Above is some of my collection.
After realizing that I almost ran out of time, I began to value it more. I want to savor the time that I pass through. I didn’t want to drift through it unawares, rush through it franticly or be anxious about time as it passes.
Time will pass, the next month/year will come… yet each month/year how many times do we say or hear, “I can’t believe it is (insert month/year) already!”
My aim (not always successful) is to live each day well. I find when I do that, I appreciate it more and I’m not sad as time passes, because I’ve made the most of it.
Living well does not mean cramming everything possible into my day… that would be abusing the time I have. Living well means being aware of what makes life meaningful to me and then pursuing that.
- Taking care of myself… my body, mind and spirit
- Being kind to myself
- Being kind to family and friends
- Being kind to strangers
We are each unique and what makes life meaningful for me will probably be different than what makes life meaningful for you. I had to learn to know me.
And then I had to learn how to be kind to myself.
Being kind to myself means realizing that while I love people and I get energy when I’m with people, I also love/need time alone.
Being kind to myself means that with the beat-up body I have, now and in future years, I will thank myself if I take care of it. Which requires that I pay attention to what I feed my body and how I take care of it.
Being kind to myself means that I’m willing to take risks, to push myself a little, to reach for the stars… because I realize those are the times when I feel truly alive.
Today you have extra time.. what are you going to do with it?
No pressure to do more or get more done. Instead take some time to be still, to mediate, to be kind to yourself and to think about how you handle this precious gift of time you have.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about time and what this leap-day means to you.
Also, being kind to yourself means… ?