I woke up bombarded by a daughter's request, "Mom, can I please go with a friend on a hike today." From my sleeply blur I almost said Yes. But as I thought through the day, I realized making that committment would mean removing time and space for our family to simply BE.
It is simply too easy to be out and about from day break to sunset. I've fallen into that trap on a regular basis over the years. And, when it happens I end up exhausted, drained emotionally and lacking a sense of joy. Life becomes more of a pressure to get to the next activity and less of a spontaneous enjoyment of simple wonders.
After I got my coffee, I opened my journal and created a page called : Clarity for Spring Schedule. All day I have been sitting with the question, "How can I purposefully design a schedule for myself and my family this Spring that will allow us to be energetic, peaceful and joyful?"
I can't say that I have all my answers yet. But, I am certain that I am asking the right question. That's a good start-- because Divine guidance and ah-ha moments will arrive in due time.
In fact, only hours after posing the question I turned the TV on and heard some inspired thinking from author Pico Iyer as he was being interviewed. I jotted a few quotes down:
"Making a great living is not the same as making a great life."
"Home is not where I lived but what lives inside me."
"Go to the inner health club."
"Turn off the noise and create space for hearing creative answers."
"Stillness brings sanity."
I smiled. These truths were exactly what I needed to hear. I'm sure God is chuckling as I wake up to these truths once again. I felt a deep sense of confirmation from above as the Spirit whispered,
"Yes, Trish, SLOW DOWN. SAVOR LIFE. BE more and DO less. Create a schedule that offers you and your family members well-being and connectedness. Know what you want to experience and build a life that will allow you to create it. You have more power to do this than you have yet tapped into."
Several hours have passed since these realizations. I'm still smiling as I write. The day has been gentle--a time to journal, a walk with my daughter, some homemade food and time to write this blog. I feel relaxed (rather than tense) and open to the flow of inspiration. That's how I want my Spring to be. Today I lived the energy which I wish to project into my schedule.
So, how about you? What will your Spring look like?
Here are some interesting questions to ponder in the week ahead:
What are the outcomes you are after?
What is really important to you?
How do you want to feel every day?
What do you need to make space for?
What do you need to let go of that you may have outgrown?
How will you design your days and weeks so you get the outcomes you desire?
Hope you will join me in taking time to purposefully create your experience. It's quite a fun adventure doing so. I'd love to hear how it goes for you. Please comment on the blog if you have ideas or drop me a note via my website or Facebook. We are all in this together, dearest human brothers and sister;)
Thought I'd leave you with a throwback video I made a few years ago called Guiding Questions For Life's Journey: http://youtu.be/DskkAX-3-Ec . Enjoy!
With a smile,
Patricia Omoqui, The Thought Dr.