Monday 22 February 2010

Making Time


Most of us go through life rushing from one thing to the next. We are constantly making plans, we even eat quickly, without tasting our food. Time, there never seems to be enough of it. It's easy to let things go past, until soon, we loose touch with friends, forget to play with our children, even loose touch with ourselves.

A few years ago I realised that it is not a question of not having enough time, but a question of how we choose to spend the time we do have. It is time to make time work for us. My language changed. Instead of saying "Sorry, I don't have time", I started saying "I'll make the time.." Time to play with the kids, to visit a friend, to write a letter. Let us make time work for us instead of feeling its working against us. At the end of the day, time really is all that we have, and we cannot buy it back.

Wednesday 17 February 2010

Paying interest to trouble


I tend to write things down when I hear them if they resonate with me. I collect these sayings in the notes feature on my phone, and go back to them when I have time to pick them apart.

Recently in a movie, I heard someone say "worry is interest paid on trouble that hasn't happened yet". I liked that, and noticed, as I wrote it in that another quote I had collected recently was very similar. It said "our greatist fears come in anticipation"

It resonates with me right now as I feel like I am in a transition, between where I am and where I want to be. And thinking about all the things that could go wrong had been causing me anxiety. It's the same as the quote - the idea of spending my energy on trouble that hasnt happened yet, causing worry. Interest is something I pay to a bank with much reluctance, so why should I pay it to trouble? Anxiety comes from fear of something that hasn't happened yet.. It may be based on past experience, but, again, its anticipating trouble, that hasnt yet happened.

Before I read the quotes I realised what it was that I was doing and I stopped doing it. I felt a relief, and after a while, the worry and anxiety subsided .Finding the quotes validated the work for me. I would much rather spend my energy on something positive - like making plans for the future instead of worrying about them. Bleeding energy into worry takes away from what we have to work with. Its time to change our attitude and reclaim our energy.

Saturday 13 February 2010

Taking the first step


I was helping a friend set up her website, she plans to teach personal development and reiki. I was chatting to her about how useful a blog would be, in that she would get more coverage for her website, it could be a great marketing tool, and a spin off would be that she could use the blog as a portal to speak to people about what she believed in.

Then I realised - I have not done this yet.

So here I am, taking the next step on my journey, and the first step for this blog. It makes me contemplate the idea of first steps. Instead of looking at the length of the road ahead, I'm taking a moment to appreciate where I've been. The first step - It's about having faith in yourself that you can do whatever it is that you intend to do. So I say out loud, I have faith in myself and I start here, now, today.