This morning as I was drinking my tea and figuring out how to balance the demands of workplace and family and deadlines, I flipped over the little tea string (Good Earth) and came across an old Celtic saying, “When God made time, he made enough of it.”
That thought completely changed the direction of my day. I started thinking about the people I love and care about. Do they know how much I care about them, everyday? Do I show my feelings to my family, my co-workers and my customers often enough? In these uncertain times, do I have my priorities straight?
When we are overwhelmed, stressed and busy, it is often the people closest to us that suffer. Rather than playing a card game with my youngest, I‘ll choose to turn on the TV. so I can finish “Just one more piece of work.” We don’t stop at the park because we need to get groceries and I’m tired from being on my feet all day.
These precious moments of time with the people we love go by quickly and soon the people that we care most about in the world feel as if they are intruding in ours. That is not how I want to live. I refuse to live as if I am in a pressure cooker. I want more joy and I want to spread more joy.
I cannot help but think of the people in Japan, in Thailand, people all over the world who have experienced tragedy in mere seconds, was their last thought about work? I doubt it.
Whatever you believe, it’s true that there is enough time for the people and things that really matter. I went to work today and handed out some positive affirmation cards I received as a gift. My first thought was to keep them all to myself, but after reading that little tea bag, I spread them out and told my co-workers to take a card and keep it. I went through my workplace until all the cards were gone. People were surprised and happy. It delighted me to be a joyful presence. I was at work for about an hour before my youngest daughter’s school called to say she was sick, “Could I come get her?”
My boss and co-workers waved me off and I picked up my daughter at school. She was a little feverish and pale but got better as the afternoon progressed. While she took a nap, I had the chance to finish some projects, and when she woke up we played Old Maid. I am thankful I ran out of coffee this morning, my day would have been frazzled and hectic as usual. I am grateful for the time I have and hope to share it with everyone I encounter in a loving positive way especially, the ones closest to me. There really is enough time, if we make it.
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