Thursday, March 7, 2013

Taking The Time

Waking up to sunshine starts my day off on such a positive note, and that is exactly what happened today.  Once again our temperatures warmed up a bit and the sun shone down on us.

Early this morning, I enjoyed my March Quest when I turned on my Kindle and read several more chapters in my book.  This Quest has been such a gift to me, because I am finally taking the time to do something I want to do - and I'm doing it without feeling guilty for all the other things I "should" be doing while I'm reading.

Why do we do this to ourselves?  I wonder if this is more of an American trait?  I'm not sure.  Maybe it's more of a Mother/Wife/Woman issue.  Certainly, I know I'm not the only one who struggles with guilt for spending time doing something for enjoyment that isn't a benefit to everyone else around me.

Although, I guess others around us could benefit from the knowledge we might gain from reading.  I often share with family and friends interesting stories, thoughts, or ideas from the books I read.

There's a few people in my life that do the same for me.  I love that!  I truly delight in hearing about books that my family and friends have read.  Sometimes it inspires me to learn more about what they have told me or even read the book myself.

With our Engineer down with a horrible head cold and fever this week, he hasn't felt like doing much other than reading.  I'm so glad he relishes books the way he does.  It does my heart good to know that he can rest and heal while reading.  Hopefully, it takes his mind off how icky he feels.

Admittedly, there have been a few times in my own life when I thought the only silver lining in being home sick in bed, was that I could just rest and read without feeling like I needed to be doing something more productive.  Being ill actually gave me a legitimate excuse to take some time to read.

Doing this Quest to Read some of A Book Every Day, has reminded me that it doesn't mean I have to take a whole afternoon and ignore the commitments in my life.  I can actually just sit down for 15 minutes to relax and read between tasks.  Or I can throw my Kindle in my purse and savor a good book during those times I find myself waiting.

If I'm at an appointment, it might just be a handful of minutes, but I can still enjoy a page or two while I wait.  Instead of running errands or doing a task while our Engineer is in his music lessons, I have a good 30 to 60 minutes to sit, relax, and read a few chapters.

Recently, when discussing a possible daily activity with a friend, she quickly waved her hand and shook her head no in response.  She said she just didn't have the time to add that to her day.  At first, I understood.  Don't we all live such busy, schedule-filled lives? 

Later, as I thought about our conversation, I realized what we were talking about literally took less than 10 minutes a day.  She couldn't find 10 minutes in her day to do something she really wanted to do?  Even sadder, she didn't give it any thought. She didn't stop to consider (for even a minute) if she could add this to her life. She dismissed the idea the moment it was presented to her.

My friend couldn't spare 10 minutes in her entire day.  Either she didn't feel like she could allow herself to take the time or she didn't really have the interest in taking the time.  Maybe she didn't really want to add that activity to her day.  I'm not sure, but whatever the reason, that conversation really stuck with me.

I don't want to live my life quickly dismissing opportunities.  I don't want to be so busy that I might miss out on adding something wonderful to my life.  I certainly don't want to get to a season in life where I spend my days thinking about all those things I wish I had taken to the time to do while I was young and able! 

Instead, I want to be thinking about all the incredible opportunities I was blessed to experience......and all the great books I took the time to read. 

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