THE ART OF STOPPING TIME: In my celebration of successfully making it to this age, I’m determined to maximize the years still remaining for me. I’ve become absorbed with reading non-fiction “self-help” books, I guess you can call them that. One that really interests me in “The Art of Stopping Time” a guide “towards time prosperity, which means having the time to accomplish what you desire in life without feeling compressed, stressed, overburdened, or hurried.” Wow! Who wouldn’t want that ?!? The book is a series of 100 exercises. Day 1 is "Assembling A Life Garden”: Examine your life through the metaphor of a garden. You only have so much “water” (energy) to nourish and grow all the “plants” in your life. So maybe you have to “weed” some out.
In my figurative Life Garden, I have a literal, physical “Garden” on my list. Or rather, several “gardens”. There’s my front yard which is all garden; my back yard - intended to be a garden but rather more a “wildlife habitat”, my neighbors may consider it “overgrown”, the HOA probably doesn’t like it; my outside plants in containers (a portable garden!); my indoor houseplants; and my windowsill herb garden. Yikes! It’s so much when I stop and look at it in this manner. How do I take care of it all? Well, I don’t. And that causes stress of course. Every time I walk outdoors, instead of appreciating the beauty of the greenery growing right outside my door, I think of the weeding, trimming, edging, that needs to be done.
So how to start decluttering my Life Garden and start pulling out the “weeds"? There are things I’d like to eliminate immediately (ha!), but those are the things that are pretty critical to survival: like a job that gives me health care benefits.
I listed all the essentials in my life, everything else I’ve committed to, and all the things I “want” to do. By doing that, it was very clear what I could put on the back-burner. I found this to be an amazingly thoughtful and valuable exercise! So much so, that even if I don’t do any other exercise, the book has given me a lot of value.
Now I pretty much have a checklist of where to focus my attention each day!
#aginggracefully #simpleliving #minimalism