Last week I brought my big boy computer into the shop. . .it needed time to be. I got my trusty MAC out thinking I would pick up where I left off with the PC. . .and then it hit me, I too needed time to be.
So far I’ve escaped the cold and flu season, so no down time there (very thankful for this). . . but the virus that hit the computer was a clear sign. I needed to show up for winter in a ‘responsible’ way. Becoming the architect of my own downtime, rather than waiting until I got knocked out by the hard punch from sick time, was indeed ‘next’ for me.
Here in the northern hemisphere we are deep in the season of renewal. The opportunity to take it down a notch is upon us. Winter is the time to reset our internal modem. We get to curl up by the fire and watch old movies, drink coco, enjoy a board game, sleep in, go to bed early with a good book, or if you are like me, wile away the hours meandering through old photos. . . this is our job right now, how sweet is that!
Thinking ‘ummm maybe but isn’t it a waste of precious time’? Not at all. . .in fact quite to the contrary and here’s why.
Down time holds within it the seeds of new beginnings. Which is why it is unfortunate that ‘time out’ is something we’re programmed to associate with punishment. Sitting still and doing no-thing has not yet become an established art form in many cultures. We must carve out this niche for ourselves and in doing so write a whole new program for inspired living.
We have a responsibility to ourselves to calm down, chill out and renew ourselves. Why? Because the season that follows this one requires we be at the top of our game. Embracing winter renewal opens us to the download of a bright spring vision.
Snails pace is not something one usually associates with ‘work’, but if you are a accustom to being a well organized multi-tasker, like moi, doing less instead of more will require a good work out of the patience skills. . . . yet another perk of the season.
Keeping in cadence with the seasons works because in doing so we honor the rhythm of nature. If you live in an artificial environment, and yes, this includes cities, jobs that require keeping to a schedule or any other routine that can’t be avoided , try this; set aside specific time, be it an hour, a day or a week for the purpose of personal renewal. Keep track of how you feel as a result. At the end of the season tally up the pros and cons. . .you may be surprised at the subtle difference conscious honoring of renewal makes in the quality of your life.