The falling snow changed my plans today. My schedule went out the window with the very first snowflake. So it looks like I’m in for the day. But as I sit in front of the fireplace, I’m realizing that mother nature has just bestowed me the “gift of time.” How great is that? I’m in pajamas, watching the snow gently fall, and although not leaving the house, there is an endless list of productive things I can do. Where to begin?
Time is a luxury for sure, and how we use it, only clarifies our priorities. For me, my passion is writing and so my first inclination is to craft this blog. I’ll catch up on reading, e-mails, tele classes, and maybe if I’m lucky, I can even take a nap (but probably not, lol)
Weather is impactful. When it interrupts our day, we are forced to stop, or at least pause. For all of us who incurred the snow today, there was one thing we all had in common. We were forced to slow down.
In the peak of a work week and holiday bustle, this is not an easy task. But apart from being a nuisance, perhaps this shift in focus was a good thing. It might have caused you to slow down your busy pace. Maybe you needed to.
In some form or another, we all paid attention to time. If you anticipated the inclement weather, you were more apt to adjust your schedule accordingly with an earlier exit strategy this morning. Leaving yourself adequate wiggle room was an option to consider, or time spent cancelling and re-scheduling appointments.
We always plan with good intentions but so many times, things happen out of our control to disrupt them. We adjust and move on, and sometimes take away a lesson learned. My favorite expression, “Man plans and G-d laughs,” is so apropos. It always wakes me up.
So today, I’m enjoying this unexpected gift of time. Every very now and then, it’s nice to indulge in “self” time. How about you? What kind of adjustments did you make today? Did you stop, pause, or slow down?