No one has time for anything, which is funny, because everyone has the same amount of time in a day.
That’s what we’ve got to live the depth and width of our lives.
I intend to do it.
But it’s work. It’s not like it comes naturally.
Me naturally = frazzled mess.
I make specific choices so that I don’t stress myself out in the process of life. And that means making a conscious effort to create time in my schedule for the things that are most important to me. I’m not busy–I’m not busier than anyone else. I’m making choices about who and what get my best efforts and attention.
I make time for sleep – my parents had a rule (it may have started with the arrival of their beautiful first-born daughter) that sleep was sacred. If one needed a nap, the other got out of the way. I’m not a napper, but I will never be the person who loves staying up till 3:00 a.m. Sleep is sacred. I live by that rule.
I make time for myself – This one didn’t really seem necessary until a couple years ago. It’s not that I do anything huge for myself, it’s just that I recognize that sometimes the calendar must be cleared for an afternoon of Gossip Girl bingeing.
I make time for food – Whether it’s grocery shopping at one of four major chains, one farmers’ market, and two local markets, or setting time aside to cook homemade meals, it’s important to me, so I do it.
That’s it. Those are my three priorities. That’s what comes first. When I’m on a roll with these things, the other stuff tends to fall into place–relationships, exercise, my work life. But if just one of those three things is off-balance, I’m not myself.