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Wisdom Wednesday: The Wisdom of Slowing Down

The "Hugo" clock   Taken at MOMA (Photo by me)
The “Hugo” clock
Taken at MOMA
(Photo by me)

This week’s Wisdom Wednesday post is a message/ lecture/reminder to myself as well as the rest of my readers.  Normally my Wednesday post is written well ahead of time and scheduled for 7:00 AM EST every Wednesday morning.  As you can see, It’s a couple of hours late.  Being tardy isn’t like me. My kids used to get annoyed that I was always 20-30 minutes early for every appointment or event, but now, as adults, they’re the exact same way.  Actually, there are only two reasons that I would ever be late for something.  The first reason would be my untimely death (sorry to be morbid); the second, would be that I’ve completely over-extended myself. Fortunately, this late post is the result of the second.

Jam-packing too much into life has always been a problem of mine. Oddly, it’s not from lacking the ability to say “no” if someone is attempting to take advantage of my time; I worked that dilemma out in my 20s.  My over-extension has more to do with my high energy level, my general exuberance for life and the joy that I get from being with, and helping out, others. I love to have things to look forward to. I like my days to be full of activities and productivity. This may stem from the work ethic my parents taught me, or from watching their lives end too early and concluding, first-hand, that life truly is short, so cram in all you can.

I realize that being on-the-go and enjoying life  isn’t a bad thing, it’s just a thing I need to manage it better. Time has a way of zooming by when you’re closing down Target with a friend, or staying up hours past bedtime drinking decaf tea and chatting with your adult daughter.  Every weekend doesn’t need to be filled with home improvement chores, or activities and social events (often ones that I’ve created).  Sometimes the person I need to say “no” to most often is myself.  Busily enjoying the moment is fabulous, but so is rest and reflection.  Time management isn’t about being early for everything; it’s about finding a balance so that you’re able to live peacefully.

Are you a master at managing your time?  If so, please share your secrets in the comments below.  🙂

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15 thoughts on “Wisdom Wednesday: The Wisdom of Slowing Down”

  1. I do like to leave early to get to my destination, but I’m really not good at time management. Throughout the whole day I jump back and forth to my different projects instead of trying to schedule time for each task.

  2. I hate being tardy, it’s an inherited trait. My parents are always at least 30 minutes early for everything. I will try and write something…I promise…I won’t be late… or I may.. 🙂

  3. I see so many apps and electronic calendars that are supposed to organise us to free up time but by the time you have typed everything in and put your life in a particular format, the event has probably come and gone! I think your device is better, never be afraid to say NO when it needs to be said. It’s such a mark of respect to whoever you’re meeting to be on time. That’s a great habit.

    Hope you are having a great early Spring!

    1. It was gorgeous here to today and is supposed to be in the 80s on the weekend. I love warm weather!

      I learned in my mid 20s to say no. I had a very demanding boss who was kind of a bully. I finally had to confront her to keep from being taken advantage of. Once I’d mastered saying no to her, saying it to anyone else when I needed to was easy!

      Hope you’re having lovely weather across the pond, as well! 🙂

      1. That is such a great young age to learn such a powerful life skill! Bravo.

        We have had non stop sunny days for about a week now, still a bit of a chill, but no sign of rain so I can take out my ‘nice’ hand bag without worry about it become a soggy mess!

        There are some meadows near me and today there geese and little furry goslings by the river and a load of the white kind of daffodils so a great Spring day! 🙂

      2. It sounds like you’ve been having gorgeous weather. It’s been in the upper 70s here, but it’s looking like rain right now. Still, that’s so much better than snow! Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

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