Hi, this is Dorothy! How do YOU start your day? What is your first waking thought? Do you say, 'thank you'? Feel gratitude for the new day, and a good night's sleep? Appreciate the birds singing outside your window? Or do you bury your head under the covers and plead to whoever might listen for another five minutes? What if you remembered that your day started with a credit of $86,400? Well, perhaps not in dollars, but in something that could be turned into dollars. You see, we each get an invaluable resource - time! We get 86,400 seconds each day, each brand new day, with no carry-over from the previous day, or carry-forward to the next one. I was reminded of this gift recently when reading an excerpt from First Thing Every Morning by Lewis Timberlake.
Louise Hay, author of You Can Heal Your Life, says that how you start your day is how you live your day... and how you live your day is how you live your life. Serious food for thought, indeed. I referred on my March audio to an associate giving me permission to use a phrase of his on 'time' as being, 'non-refundable fragments of eternity'. We don't get a refund on our daily allotment of 86,400 seconds when we don't put them to good use, nor can we save or hoard them. Those seconds move at the same speed for each of us. So, maybe we can't manage time, but we can certainly manage the things that take up our time.
I certainly admit that I have days that are a breathless wonder from dawn to dusk, days when I wonder just what I did do. The difference, for me, is when I plan ahead, get very clear on my daily top five priorities and stick to them... in their order of priority. As with anything, balance is key.
There is an old saying that no wind is favourable to the sailor who has no destination in mind. Your life is your vessel, so set your sails - your intention - and you will arrive at your destination. As the Cheshire cat says in Alice in Wonderland, "if you don't know where you want to go, then it doesn't really matter what road you take!" When we know where we want to end up, it is a lot easier to find our way, and that takes planning.
Just as how we start our day can set the course for the entire day, may I suggest that taking time at the end to review the day is equally as important. It's a time to write out your five most important priorities for the next day, and to think of five, or more, things that happened for which you are grateful for the day just coming to an end. Perhaps you exchanged smiles with someone, saw a rainbow, enjoyed a special meal or glass of wine? Bless them all, and honour yourself for what you did accomplish. If it wasn't all that you planned, know that tomorrow is a brand new day with another 86,400 seconds. Above all, take time out for you, and remember, YOU are a priceless gift to the Universe with talents to share.
If I can support and mentor you with planning your day, let's talk. Until next time, this is Dorothy, wishing you a wonderful month and rich blessings. Namasté.
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
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Surrey, BC, V4A 6E1, Canada