We’ve all got a lot on, there is no doubt about that. We all have full lives and should be grateful to have so much that fills our days, like people that love us and want to spend time with us, jobs that fill our pockets and projects that fill our lives with joy.
But, there’s also a fine balance in doing all the things and having a life that we enjoy.
Busy, stressed, deadlines, and lots-on are very common conversation topics you will cover with just about any friend, colleague or even many kids these days.
When did we become like this? When did we begin to glorify being busy instead of spending time with family, or thinking more about adding things to our plates instead of taking time out for ourselves to get a massage, to relax, to go to the gym, or head to a market and buy fresh produce to fill our bodies with fuel?
Society has a problem with the glorification of ‘busy’. And, it’s not a problem that will be solved overnight, but what if we took some time out of our busy lives, even just one hour a week, to do something that fills your soul with joy? Would that change your world for the better?
For you, that might be an hour with your child free of phones or technology and getting out in nature. It could mean some much-needed self-care time to read a book, get your nails done, or spend some time outside gardening.
Or it could be as simple as getting an extra hour of sleep in the morning instead of dragging yourself out of bed for another gym class.
Work to live, not live to work
Surely, we are not designed to just work, run kids around, and drop into bed exhausted at the end of every day, only to do it all again the next day. There must be a better way.
We can start by making small steps in the right direction to put our quality of life at the top of the priority list, like taking an hour to do what fills the soul, what re-charges the batteries, and what makes us a better person.
And this needs to be free of the guilt that often comes with doing something for ourselves that is for our own benefit.
Spend just one hour to re-connect to who we truly are so that for the rest of the week we can do all the things.
I know that one hour doesn’t sound like much, but it can change your world, and others’ too.