Today I had a mini revelation about spending time by myself. After a day of classes I stopped off at a park on my way home. I walked down the path and sat on a bench, then proceeded to listen to a podcast and gaze at the pool of water before me.
I hadn’t had a particularly stressful day but I just felt compelled to have some intentional alone time. I spend time by myself on a regular basis but the majority of the time I’m completing some sort of task like doing food shopping or running errands. However, I’m learning that there is great significance in spending time alone without an agenda. Sat on that park bench, I felt relaxed and at peace. It gave me time to reflect on my day. When I left the park I felt refreshed as though I’d just finished meditating. When I looked up at the sky I saw a rainbow and immediately felt a sense of bliss, as though it was a sign that I was exactly I was meant to be.
Sometimes it’s the little things that do you a world of good.
I’m a big fan of sharing quotes and whilst scrolling through my phone I came across one by Bonhoeffer. It perfectly answers something I found myself wondering a little over a year ago. In the spring of 2016 I found myself wondering why I wasn’t managing to do the things I wanted to and when I did start I couldn’t fully commit.
“Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I’ve always been a big thinker but this quote made me realise that to think is not enough. Action will come from you being ready to take responsibility for yourself and for whatever you need to accomplish. I think it’s important to sometimes just admit to yourself that you aren’t ready to take responsibility yet. There’s nothing wrong with that because honesty is important.
But the most important thing is that you do take action at some point. If things don’t work out you can try again (and again and again!). Just don’t get too caught up in waiting until you’re totally ready because that time may never come.
Not everything is worth your time, effort or energy so pick wisely. It’s okay to say no, it’s okay to let go and it’s okay to put yourself first. It’s easier said than done but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
In much of what we do we are either creating or consuming. Both of these things can be time well spent or a waste of time. Often with creation or consumption you get so lost in it that you don’t even realise time is passing you by. But when you stop and see minutes or hours have gone by, how do you feel?
If you don’t feel good about what you’ve given you’re time to, try giving it to something else. Something more useful. Something more valuable.
Just 2 months left of the year
Relax you have nothing to fear
For 60 days is plenty of time
Just don’t be idle and you’ll be fine