Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived.
— Captain Jean Luc-Picard of the Starship Enterprise
As we delve into the secrets of Time, let’s first get a couple of things straight. Some of the suggestions I am going to offer in the days to come may well have you wondering, “What planet does she live on?”
The whole idea of slowing down, savoring and celebrating time seems impossible to many people. Those of you who know me may even think, “Well, this is easy for her. She has her own home business, she can set her own hours, she can sit around all day reading the Tarot or whatever she wants to do, and she doesn’t have kids or the commute from hell that I do.”
But I will tell you that, as easy as my practice may sound, I am still a sole proprietor business owner.
Many of my work days start at 8am and end at 7pm, when it’s time for me to to make dinner. Sometimes, to accommodate my clients, I work later. And I often work six days a week.
As anyone who owns their own practice knows, doing the actual service you are offering takes only a percentage of your time. The rest of the time is spent doing paperwork, buying business supplies, filing, doing promotional work, handling calls and correspondence, and other organizational, marketing and supportive activities.
I am not complaining, not at all. I have the incredible good fortune to love what I do, but like all work, it is work. Not all of it is fun, and it has its own pressures and stresses just like any other career.
So in the days ahead, as we discuss the challenges and magic of how we work with Time, I want to say from the outset that I am not living in la-la land, nor am I simply being paid for pursuing a hobby.
Now that we’ve cleared that up, I am giving you a homework assignment. Tonight, or before you check in here again tomorrow (I hope you will!) find FIVE minutes of quiet time. All to yourself. That means no reading, no TV, no entertainment or distractions. Simply, quietly — being. Breathing. Listening. Thinking. Noticing.
And then we’ll discuss tomorrow! Hope you’ll be back then!