Lately, I’ve found myself to be consumed… by work, by family, by personal interests, by life. This past weekend, I finally sat down and took the time to clean my room, fold my laundry, sort out my things. Because life has been so hectic, I’ve found myself multi-tasking, trying to figure out the best combination of tasks to get the most I can done and make the best use of my time. Thus, it wasn’t a big surprise that I finished watching a movie while cleaning my room this weekend. Surprisingly, it wasn’t that hard and didn’t take that much time; I just needed to make the time.
The hard thing about life is that you can’t put anything on pause. Everything is always slowly moving even though you choose to not occupy your mind with those things. There is no time to sort through anything because issues, problems, events, they never stop flooding into your world. We keep moving forward, tackling whatever stands in our way, just for the sake of clearing the path so we can see what lies ahead. Very rarely do we think to ourselves if that was the best way or if it was even effective.
We have to remind ourselves to find time to do all the things we want to, to figure out all that we need to. More often than not, finding time is taking time and taking time means making time. Most importantly in regards to making time, we must remember to make time for ourselves and to take care of ourselves. It is the most simple logic in the world and one that we hear time and time again, yet somehow we manage to be deaf to it.
Doing something little for ourselves to recharge and refresh, to find that lost energy, lost passion, can do so much for ourselves. So, when things get complicated, instead of charging forward and knocking down everything in your path, just stop. Stop and stare. Stop and listen. Stop. It doesn’t matter what you do, just stop. Because life doesn’t put itself on pause, we have to. Find time, take time, make time for a moment, to reflect, to detach. It doesn’t take very much, you just have to give yourself the permission.
“People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.” – St. Augustine