Less is more…
Who doesn’t feel at times, there are simply not enough hours in the day? For some of us out there, we rush through our day from the moment we wake up, with this urgency to complete as many tasks at hand or even worse, are moments away from the deadline! Somehow these days full of duties, obligations and general busyness start to build up and become our lives. We spend our time doing things we don’t really want to do, yet feel we ought to. We’ve come to believe that being productive and crossing things off our “to-do” list is the ultimate goal. Wrong!
The truth is, life on earth is a brief gift, and our time is too precious to be used like this. If we want our lives to be balanced and healthy, we need to lessen our load and increase our down time. This means planning less in a day, prioritising those things that make our hearts sing, and de-prioritising those things that are not necessary.
Perhaps coming back to your dreams… When we put concentrated effort towards some of your dreams, the “noise” or clutter of the tasks become less important, and actually come together regardless. It’s when we put the noise of our lives first, for example – a long to-do list, then there is no room nor energy for our big goals, our dreams.
If we must accomplish many things each day, we can still change the quality with which we do things. How can we transmute that sprint to the public-transport into something delicious instead of the usual gripping and tightening experience? Where can we find ease in the midst of stress? How can we cultivate the art of going slowly?
Take a few moments before you climb out of bed in the morning to remember your dreams, and to think about what you want from the day. Leave your watch on the bedside table. Take the scenic route. Sit for a moment with your eyes closed when you start your computer. Check email only twice a day. Don’t pack your schedule so tightly that there’s no time for a short walk. Light candles before you start to cook dinner. Perhaps finish your day checking in with yourself, you may have routines such as prayer time, giving thanks, journalling, cooking a nourishing meal right from scratch.
Add some moments throughout your day to allow for slowness, it can be done simply and will have a profound effect on your well-being.
Now if this is all new to you, that’s ok too – start slow!