There is never enough of it! Until recently, like many of you, I constantly feel like I don’t have enough time. I am always running from thing to thing, constantly late and unprepared. I have an inbox full of emails I have not read, and a pile of papers to sort through. Each night I go to bed and make a mental list of the “to dos” for the next day. The list alone often makes me overwhelmed and exhausted wishing I had more time in my day. If only I had enough time to get everything done!
Well guess what? All of a sudden I have so much time! I have all day with no activities and no reason to get out of my pajamas. I have so much time I am suddenly not sure what to do with myself. No activities, no schedule, no rushing around trying to squeeze as many things into as little time as possible.
What an interesting place we have found ourselves. With the exception of my job that I am doing virtually, life has come to a screeching halt, and I have so much time on my hands. Suddenly slowed down, suddenly with less to do, suddenly with a lot of time. So much time…
Isn’t it funny that the one thing I continually think I am lacking – I now have so much of? How can it be that I don’t know what to do with it? Time is so precious, it is my hope to look back and somehow, not see this as wasted time, but beautiful time.
So, in an effort to listen to my heart a little bit and try to not use this time to feel busier, here are some suggestions for how to use this unwanted, unexpected, but sudden gift of time.
Listen. Really listen. Put the phone down, your eyes up and listen.
Create something. A cake, a bracelet, a memory. Anything, just be creative!
Schedule some “personal health” time. Do yoga, read, listen to music. Intentionally refill those places in your soul that feel empty. Seriously, do it everyday.
Do something for someone else. Give a manicure, clean the car, buy the neighbor dinner. Call an old friend.
Tell stories. Look at old pictures and talk about funny memories. Watch old videos. Tell stories that remind your loved ones they are loved.
Let’s rally together and share how you’re making the most of all this extra time.