“I don’t have time to create an authentic life.”
At first I couldn’t believe what I’d just heard come out of this person’s mouth during a casual conversation with some friends and family. On reflection, however, I realized that this has got to be one of the top 10 reasons why people, and women especially, are so busy living the lives that no longer serve them, they feel they have no time or energy to create the ones that do. So I’m here to help you connect to the truth of this excuse:
Time is a man-made illusion. You have all the time in the world.
The concept of measuring time is a human creation. In reality, time is … “timeless!” Each moment connects to the next moment, and the next, and the next, into infinity, and you have the power to use this very moment in any way you choose. If you want to use it to check off one more thing on your to-do list, you are free to do so. If you want this moment to reflect joy, peace, happiness and passion, you are free to choose those as well. It’s your choice. It’s always been your choice, regardless of what the clock on the wall or the date on the calendar tells you.
I have found that the people who have adopted this belief the most are those over 50 and, especially, those over 60. It reminds me of something that Julia Cameron, author of “The Artists Way” said to someone who exclaimed: “Do you know how old I’ll be by the time I finish writing a whole book?” to which she replied, “The same age you’ll be in you don’t.” Every day that you wake up to another day is another 24 hours at your disposal to live authentically, with joy and passion. That, and only that, should be the only thing on your To-Do List. Everything else is just a challenge for you to find a creative way to live which includes doing the laundry, cooking the meals, cleaning the house, and all the other things that go into living. Every minute offers you a choice between an authentic way to accomplish a task, one that comes from that place of wisdom that resides in all of us, or the way that our culture and our upbringing tells us is the right way to accomplish it. For those of us committed to living an authentic life, the only right way is the one that resonates as true for us.
Time is on your side. To prove it, this week’s writing assignment on the Home Page is going to give you a chance to use it any way you want. As always, have lots of fun with it, let it take your imagination into the unknown and, as always, just keep writing.
Peace and blessings.
P.S. I will be taking some time off next week to spend it with my grandkids who are on Easter vacation. I suggest that you go back over previous writing assignments, find one that really challenged you, and do it again just to see if you get a different outcome. It’s a great opportunity to dig a little deeper and soar a little higher. I’ll see you back here in two weeks. Happy Easter!