During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one:
“What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?”
Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50’s, but how would I know her name?
I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade. Absolutely,” said the professor. “In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say “hello.” I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I learned her name was Dorothy. Take time to enjoy the people who come into, out of, and through your daily life. Life and circumstances may not allow another meeting so make yours count.
Millions of people use organizers, palm pilots, calendars, personal assistants, sticky notes, and date books to help them manage their busy lives. Do you allow these organizers to rule your life? With the book “to-do” list growing by leaps and bounds, I can’t live right now without my sticky notes and my to-do list. I know the insanity will end soon and I will be ready; however I am also enjoying every moment of this ride. I have lived long enough to cherish creative surges. They are draining but they are a very powerful aphrodisiac.
Every Thursday I have a 90 minute massage. Tiera comes to my home and I take this time to allow her to work my knots out and to relax. The last three weeks, I have actually fallen asleep. That’s a first for me. I’d suggest you allow space for personal time and some good ole fashioned pampering. Often we micro-manage our lives and schedule our time so much that it comes at the price of our own freedom. Instead of scheduling another meeting with your co-workers, schedule one with yourself. Make the most of today because tomorrow is never guaranteed.
Some years ago I faced some severe medical challenges. It was in those moments the value and preciousness of life became very real to me. Every since those events, I have never let work get in the way of life. I work very hard and am quite driven, especially to succeed at something I have never tired before (The Book) but not at the risk of my health, my relationships, or my family.
It’s time to turn off the computer and the brain and do some reading for pleasure tonight.
Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. Charles Richards
I wish you all a good evening and some pleasurable down time.
And so life goes…on and on.