Hi! This is Dorothy. As I share this message, it is the eve of December 1st. Did your year speed by on swift wings, as mine did? Did you experience days where there just did not seem to be time enough to complete everything you wished? Perhaps you faced a deadline where the time-line for its completion was daunting... as I recently did!
My experience is closely linked to the title of a book published in 1957: Parkinson's Law, by Professor C. Northcote Parkinson. The intent of this law is that a job will expand to fill the time available for its completion. The author also refers to the proverbial phrase: "It is the busiest man who has time to spare."
A few months ago I had a request from a tearful bride, asking me to perform their marriage ceremony... three days hence! "Impossible", was my first thought. Their arrangements had fallen through due to a location and time change and subsequent unavailability of their minister. By way of background, I do not perform a 'textbook' ceremony, so preparation generally takes a couple of months - questionnaires to the couple, scripting their answers, re-drafts, meetings - so that the final ceremony is very personal. Somehow, with lengthy telephone conversations and a rehearsal, the wedding did take place on the scheduled date - proving the accuracy of Professor Parkinson's Law!
I share this experience, as it was an "eye-opener" for me, and brought to light a personal limiting belief. I was astounded at the outcome, as in the insightful words of Thomas Edison:
"If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves."
Each one of us is uniquely gifted. So perhaps, in the midst of the busyness that December often brings, take some time to reflect on YOUR gifts, your talents. What would you do if you had no limiting beliefs? Go ahead - astound yourself! I wish you rich blessings for a very special month.
Until next time... this is Dorothy... Namasté.
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
Apt. 202 - 1655 Martin Drive
Surrey, BC, V4A 6E1, Canada