modern citizen overcoat (old)
ps – make a winter coat feel new (or justify breaking it out a little early) by pushing up the sleeves and wearing it with something airy and light
I was on the phone with a dear friend the other day, and he said something that stuck with me, something that I wanted to share.
The month prior, on a similar call, I had told him of my goal to “meditate more.” He, wisely, consoled me to make it a daily habit, “So you don’t have to think every day about whether you need to meditate or not.” So, with his urging, I made a goal to meditate every day.
In our more recent conversation, he asked how I had done with my goal. I responded that I had meditated “more,” but, “I wasn’t able to do it daily because I didn’t always have the time.”
“I want to stop you there,” he said, “And I think you know what I’m going to say. Because it’s not that you didn’t have the time…”
“… it’s that I chose to spend my time doing other things,” I finished. “You’re absolutely right.”
Long after we hung up, I continued to think about what he said. It’s not ever that we don’t have enough time to do something: it’s simply that we choose to spend our time doing other things.
I’m going to stop using the phrase, “I didn’t have the time,” and here’s why:
In 99.9% of cases, I did have the time, but I chose to prioritize other things. Removing the phrase “I didn’t have the time” makes me reflect on how I did spend my time.
Did I prioritize my time in a balanced way, in a way that makes me happy and fulfilled? If not, what needs to shift? Is meditating every day worth getting up 15 minutes earlier, or getting to work 15 minutes later?
Food for thought.