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A couple of ways. Kind of understand the ways now it is time to act rightly.
Better time management. Guided by mindfulness, prioritizing, and clear-cut practices with the non-negotiables put first daily. Create ABC task lists of importance the night before and eat my frog first each morning (do the unpleasant tasks first) rather than getting swept up in life’s demands. Build in good practices as a priority that would make up a good life.
A real trap for me is social media/personal messages from all around the world. Not for the entertainment, but to respond to some genuine life and death, or deep and meaningful inquiries/discussions. I show up for other’s needs, but not always enough to LIFE. You cannot give from an empty cupboard and I’d like to have lived out my life with a good balance of give and take, of doing and being. I am getting better at this as I age, but needed the reminder today through this question. THANK YOU!
Frogs are a different sort of “green”.
They can be brown and bitter too. But they are best served up first and over and done with so that dessert can be enjoyed…ha!
By being mindful of this one moment which is all I have.
I spend too much time on my computer in the mornings, reading the news and answering emails. I am retired and it can really become a time sink! If I stop after a certain amount of time, no matter what, I think I will be more available to life.
I am so guilty of this too…
Pay more attention. I admit I do not pay as good attention as I should sometimes. I am re-reading a book called Socrates Express by Eric Weiner. One of the chapters is called “How To Pay Attention”. The writer references French philosopher Simone Weil. Here is a quote : “We do not obtain the most precious gifts by going in search of them but by waiting for them.” – Simone Weil
If I don’t do what I cannot do, that is OK, but if I do not do what I can do, then my life will be a tragedy.
By noticing & feeling my emotions free of judgement and then taking the time to look at their origin and determine if they are helping me stay connected to love, gratitude and kindness.
By giving much less psychic energy to regrets and self criticism — tendencies which are tiresome and life denying.
I’ve been committing myself to a specific time of day everyday to stop working. Last night, I actually finished my things to do list early. Although, at first, it felt awkward to be complete. Then again, I’ve been doing some mental health work around my feelings of inadequacy. So I did what I’ve been advised to do and do something that makes me feel good. I treated myself to some wine and snacks. I sat outside to watch the sunset with my 2 dogs. I must say, I became so calm and centered.
This was helpful to me, Nelson. Thank you.
Get rid of debt. Let no debt remain outstanding except to love one another. Romans 13:8 A friend just got locked out of owning an apartment due to dept to income. I didn’t know what that meant so I looked it up. It showed me that I must reduce a credit card debt in order to increase my credit score in the event I plan to move at some point. It was a wake up call to me. When you know better you do better. I can do better and I must. Anything that weighs me down I must do my best to conquer. I don’t know what the future holds but I’d like to be ready for anything.
Find a place to volunteer my time, energy and passion for helping others. I have been slow to do that since our move, then COVID. Now it’s time to start exploring that again.
Just by showing up!
Breathe and as best possible be in and aware of the present. Listening seems like a reasonable venue to availability.
I looked at this question just in terms of my last 24 hours… and I realize I was “available” in a variety of ways – to a friend in need, to one of my daughters… to the hummingbirds who needed fresh sugar water in their feeders…to….there is a list. It’s a question to ask every day: was I available? And did I choose wisely as to what/who to be available to?
By taking care of myself so that I will be here!
I, take my daily walk, take my medicines on time, take my vitamins, eat right, pray and meditate, support my faith community.
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