Welcome to Spring
Spring is my favourite time of year. It brings new growth, longer days and opportunities to plant new seeds. As my thoughts turned to writing this Moment on Easter Sunday, a day of Resurrection honoured by many faiths, a question posed during a recent conference call came to mind: what would I wish to resurrect in my life. Reflecting on the flurry of the past few months, of things achieved and others postponed, I recalled a concept I had once kept highly visible and that I have, of necessity, resurrected. It is a two-by-two matrix of four quadrants contained in Stephen Covey's book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, published in 1989.
The headings for the top two quadrants are 'Urgent' / 'Not Urgent' and the side ones, 'Important' / 'Not Important'. Briefly summarizing: Q1, urgent and important things (crises and deadlines), Q3, urgent and not important (interruptions), Q4, not urgent, not important (busy work) and the most valuable, Q2, important but not urgent (planning). While I effectively meet deadlines, Q1, I am less disciplined when there isn't a structure in place, and too easily slide into Q4 by clearing out a drawer, moving pictures around, baking; or clear the lesser-essentials before tackling the important one. So there you have it, my 'true confession'! And if this is not your challenge, I offer you my huge congratulations.
Always, balance is key, including time for pleasure and self-care. Last month's Moment emphasized the importance of pausing, having times of stillness. Neale Donald Walsh, author of the Conversations with God books, suggests a solution:
"Take an hour every day at dawn and give it to yourself. Meet your Self there, in the holy moment. Then go about your day. You will be a different person."
So join me in reflecting what you want to bring into your life, and what you would like to release. Let's consider this month as personal spring tune-up time. And if you come to the end of your day wishing there were more hours, just think of wise words by Raymond Charles Barker: Yesterday ended last night. Then exuberantly greet the new day with "Good morning World... Here I am!"
Until next time, I wish you beautiful spring days and rich blessings... Namasté
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
Apt. 202 - 1655 Martin Drive
Surrey, BC, V4A 6E1, Canada