I recently heard the phrase, “Where there is a hole, water will find it”. Makes sense since water often makes its own way and can seep into even the smallest of gaps. It is a reminder that no matter how small a gap may seem, over time, water will eventually find its way in. This is true not only of physical holes, but also of our lives in general. Just like water, time has a way of seeping into the gaps of our lives, filling up every available space. If we’re not careful, we can find ourselves overwhelmed with busy work, leaving little time for what’s truly important.
Lately, I find myself on auto pilot. I’m doing things to get them done; I am doing them because I must. I am finding myself not focused on me. When that happens, it’s not good for me, because after all, it is all about me. 😊 Don’t get me wrong, all the other stuff is important, but just like the instruction for the mask on the plane, I need to take care of myself.
I find myself filling up my schedule and saying yes to everything again, filling up my calendar and not carving out time for me. My travel has stopped, and you know me, I love travel. I have had the opportunity for some amazing trips this year many of which are once is a lifetime: tagging black rhinos in Africa, a safari, Marrakesh, eating and drinking wine my way through Spain, exploring Australia… the list goes on and on. Granted, I can’t say yes to everything (or maybe I can…), but I find myself saying no to everything. Like water, stuff keeps finding its way on my calendar and I am prioritizing that.
It’s important to take stock of our priorities and make sure that we are spending our time in a way that aligns with them. We may be tempted to fill every waking moment with tasks and to-do lists, but in doing so, we miss out on the things that truly matter.
It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks and lose sight of the bigger picture. It’s easy to fall into the trap of busy work, but it’s important to take a step back and evaluate our goals regularly. The same is true in our personal lives. We may feel like we’re running from one activity to the next, but if we’re not making time for the things that truly matter to us, then we’re missing out on the richness and depth of life. By doing so, we can identify what tasks are truly important and focus our time and energy on those.
It’s important to make time for the people and activities that bring us joy and fulfillment. This may mean saying no to certain commitments or setting boundaries around our time. In conclusion, the phrase, “Where there is a hole, water will find it” is a reminder that time, like water, has a way of filling up every available space. We must be intentional about how we spend our time and ensure that we are dedicating ourselves to what’s truly important. By doing so, we can live a more fulfilling and purposeful life.
“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”— Sydney J. Harris
Who wants to go on a trip? 😊
Have a great weekend.