Peace comes with taking things one at a time.
Toss out all the plans, all the multi-tasking, and bask in the simple oneness of being here in the now.
Here you are. Now. You’re not where you were three years ago or will be two months from now. You’re just here now.
If you just did one thing well today, you had a successful day.
I think to-do lists are fine time management tools. They work perfectly well if we create them in a way that there are just a few really important items on top and nothing more. That way when you have accomplished those important tasks you are freed up to enjoy your life. You may create a list for the next day but then stop. Your work is done. Do not worry about anything you did not get to today. Don’t even try to multi-task. I think multi-tasking is one of the biggest anxiety producers of this generation. Just don’t do it.
Time management for peace in a nutshell:
1. The night before or first thing in the morning, decide on the top three most important things you need to do for the day.
2. Write them down.
3. Do them. You may cross them off your list as you accomplish them.
4. Your work is done.
All you have is today. Do not stress about tomorrow, or the next day.
The better we take care of ourselves, the better sleep we will enjoy at night. Here are a few simple ways we can live healthfully:
1. Drink a lot of water.
2. Breathe deeply
4. Connect with other people
5. Spend time outdoors
6. Nurture your spiritual life
7. Go with the flow more rather than let little things upset you.
8. Declutter and surround yourself with essentials that nourish and delight you (this can be people, things,job-related)
9. Play and laugh
10. Make love be your guiding compass.
Ways to incorporate simplicity and harmony in our lives:
I read an article in a recent Ladies Home Journal and they took a survey from people from different professions about what they think it takes to make a marriage work. One lady, a realtor, suggested that couples buy a smaller house rather than stretch themselves financially to get that bigger house. The sentiment was that instead of being stressed and fighting about money, the couple who bought a smaller house with a smaller mortgage could then use their resources to go out for nice dinners together, take vacations, and nurture each other. That is certainly something to think about.
Parents of our generation tend to keep our kids very busy with after school sports and lessons and weekend soccer games etc. Is all of this busy-ness really good for us? I am not judging (for I have done these things myself). I just encourage us to look at our lives and question.
Simplicity. Harmony. Peace. Balance. I like the sound of these things. A person living a simple, harmonious, peaceful, and balanced life is probably not a person staying up at night stressed, panicked, and anxious about his or life.
Debra : )