Are We Leaving Ourselves Behind?
Do you find yourself rushing often? Does it seem like no matter how much time you allow or how seemingly little you have to do before you leave, you always seem to be late?
We often try to cram in as much as possible prior to a departure – focusing on tasks we can fit in, and not paying attention to the time, or allowing ourselves to get ready in grace.
But is it possible that we actually choose this?
What we need to realise is that the way we depart for an event, a work day, or a meeting of any description, is the quality we bring into that event. So when we choose to do a whole lot of things that in-truth could really wait (or perhaps should have been done yesterday), we are actually setting ourselves up to have to rush.
The rush can be felt through:
• A sense of flurry as we leave the door – almost like a whirlwind
• Leaving things behind – not being organised
• Driving fast as we continue the momentum we have set up and ‘try to make up lost time’
We think we can get away with this, as with the flurry and rush we seem to just make it on time or not too far afterwards. But what is the effect?
The thing is, what matters the most is the quality of body we walk into our meeting, or our work day or whatever event it is we are going to.
Perhaps we could start to see that the way we prepare for our day, including allowing adequate time and space, is actually part of our work, i.e. it is not ‘extra’ or optional. Getting ready, and preparing for our day is part of our work because it is a guarantee of the quality we will walk into our day with.
When we think about it like this, we start to realise we have a responsibility to all those we work with and those we are meeting with, to arrive in a quality that brings value to the whole, and not in a quality that will lessen the whole.
What quality do you bring to others when you walk into your first activity of the day?