Greetings, dear readers, and Happy New Year!
Here we are at the top of the year, winter is gathering itself to sprinkle a little magic (I know – you may have another word for it, that is indeed four letters and starts with “s” and is not “snow” – go with me here), and it’s time to flip open a brand new calendar. I love that. There is something wonderful about opening a brand new planner, all blank, all those days with no mark upon them yet, clean and clear and, right in that moment, MINE. Amazing.
All that time is still free, still unencumbered and full of possibilities, just waiting for fresh ideas and new opportunities and the occasional surprise. And here’s the big secret – even after the calendar starts to fill in and even when some of that stuff isn’t my favorite stuff and even after it gets too full – all that time is still MINE.
That’s worth saying again – the time in my calendar is mine, just as the days in your calendar are yours. So it falls to me to be mindful of how I fill it. I know – we sometimes use “filling time” as an expression the way you would fill a shipping box with packing peanuts. It’s just stuff to pad out the important things. Go with me for a moment.
We often refer to spending time, as it surely has an economy and we only have 24 hours to use in a day. It is valuable and in limited supply, so it makes sense to dole it out mindfully. But I like the idea of filling time, not as a way to bulk out empty space, but as you would pour something wonderful into a beautiful cup. Filling is an act of abundance and generosity. It feels lovely to think of topping up a day with special things – a sip of family time, a draught of your favorite book, a good hearty portion of work that you enjoy, pouring a special hour of contemplation.
So here’s an invitation: When you open your lovely new planner, look at each day as a beautiful cup, made just for you. What’s worthy of your cup? What is not? What will nourish you? And what would leave you tired and thirsty for the hours back again? Changes the dynamic, doesn’t it?
Cheers, dear readers! Here’s to a fantastic new year. May your cups be filled with all you love.
Stay tuned for more on the Here’s a Quarter blog next week! As always, your thoughts and comments are always welcome – they are moderated (I know – adulting again), so they may take a little while to appear, but I read them all and appreciate that you were here. Thank you!