Time is the great equalizer. Everyone has 24 hours in a day, no matter what their age, gender, race, ethnic background, etc. is. It is how we use this time that makes the difference. How we choose to live our values, share our truths and pursue our purpose affects how much time we feel that we have.
In today’s westernized world, it is easy to get caught up in volunteering for events, signing our kids up for tons of classes, and attending social events that we don’t even really want to go to.
But how do we get out of this habit of giving away our time?
In working with mamas, I find that the very best way to do this is to get really freakin’ clear on what their values are. What is it that they really give a crap about? What matters to them in terms of supporting their families, their own personal growth, or their dreams for the future? What is it that they really want to work towards, and what values are their families going to stand for? (And not because it sounds good or society recommends it, but because it truly works for their family!)
I love to help mamas get re-grounded in their lives in that way. They are more willing to say ‘no’ to things that block them from these more important things, ‘yes’ to the things that align with their greater vision of themselves, and sustain through the tough times(because there will ALWAYS be tough times!) when they know clearly what they stand for.
I came across this poem recently and it really resonated with me. Sometimes when you follow the path less travelled- a heart driven life, wanting desperately to have your life make a difference to the world in a big way- you are not understood by many people. But if you hold tight, it will lead you in the ways that you need to go to realize ALL the gifts that you have been given and ALL that you have to offer the world. And that, I believe, is all any of us want. To be loved and to be of service in our own unique ways…
The Way It Is
by William Stafford
There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change, but it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.
What do you think? Do you feel grounded in how you use your time or do you feel ‘time poor?’ Are you holding onto your thread or have you forgotten that it is there to guide you at all? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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