Time, Energy and “Going Fast”

January 19th, 2007

Have you ever felt that there isn’t enough time in the day to do all the things you need… or better yet, want to do?  Okay, a common feeling for most of us at times.  Perhaps it’s the new year that focuses our goals and efforts to achieving things we have put on the “back-burner” for some time.  Maybe it’s because winter progresses and we know spring is just around the corner, with a whole host of new things that need accomplished.  Maybe it’s simply that we are so busy, we find it difficult to stay organized! 

All of that and more…  yet being busy is a challenge I have always welcomed.  Frustrating at times, yet still welcomed for the focus it gives to our lives, and the energy we are able to tap into when needed.  Not necessarily physical energy, but also creative and psychological or spiritual energy that we may choose to direct in the areas that help us succeed, and grow, in our lives. 

“The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they cannot find them, make them.” (George Bernard Shaw)

January Morning

The young one awoke today and without prompting began busily dressing and getting ready for school.  When asked why he was moving in such a hurry today, he simply said, “I decided last night that I wanted to go fast this morning!”  It is challenging to have an intellectual discourse with a 6-year old, but in his words and manner I knew a change had taken place.  A change for him at some level of realization that he could make choices about how he approached his morning, and the events leading up to school- and hopefully, during school.  His goal was to “go fast” enough to get things done and make the morning bus that he loves to ride… He embraced the challenges before him, and one-by-one accomplished his tasks and achieved them.  Perhaps he will apply the same energy toward school and classwork as he continues to grow. 

We talked about the “Tortoise and the Hare” in an effort to frame progress and goal attainment in different ways… going fast doesn’t always foster a proper focus or attention, and sometimes “slow and steady wins the race.”  But (thankfully!) he was not to be dissuaded. Yet regardless of how we approach things, the simple recognition that our choices and “energy” can influence the direction of our day… and our lives, is an important aspect of growth.  In many respects, the manner in which we apply our energy is limited only by our imagination and desire.  Where is your energy focused today?

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