Last night I was looking at my calendar. The schedule I created all by myself.
My day starts with a meeting from 7-8:30am, then a 9-10am, 12-1pm and 2-3pm. Sounds innocent enough, but when I looked closer and really thought about it, I realized I did not plan for anything to go wrong or differently than planned. When is the last time you had a day (an hour!) that didn't have something go wrong? Off plan?
As I considered again, I thought how my 9-10am was a very important, pivotal meeting where I need to be on top of my game. How is that possible when I barely allowed enough time to physically get there and no time to mentally prepare?
Transitions are vitally important to creating a conscious, well-lived life. Yet for some reason I have never valued transitions nor allowed myself adequate time do them gracefully. Rushing from one thing to the next does not allow me to savor the goodness that happened in the event that just finished and give it closure or blessing. I do not de-program from one encounter before the next one begins and am not allowing myself to be fully prepared and present.
As I pondered my calendar for today I decided to boldly add some 'space between' and began this very day to honor every event/person/happening in my life with it's own space. Space to prepare for it, experience it fully and then allow it to become part of me afterward. Kind of like the bubble we keep around our vehicle on the highway. Each happening in my life from now on will have it's own definition, not blending into everything else in my day, and if something goes 'wrong' it won't completely derail me..
That way when a friend or pet asks me if I have time for them, my answer will always be YES.