Several years ago I was struggling to balance too many plates, existing, not living.
As a former perfectionist, I would maintain my standards at all cost and the consequence of ignoring my own needs resulted in a severe back problem, which forced me to abruptly stop.
I physically could not work in the clinic and was forced to be immobile. Even sitting on a chair was out of the question and I was not in a good place physically or emotionally. It wasn’t until I eventually had back surgery that the true healing started to take place, not just physically but also emotionally, as I let go of the need to be constantly busy working in the clinic.
As I have explained in previous blogs, Dougall, my two year old Cavichon dog, constantly teaches me the basics principles of living and not just existing and I now have days when I live in Dougall Time.
Dougall is a free agent with no concept of the restriction of time that we place on ourselves.
He will make his demands with no consideration of the time involved to carry out his desires. He doesn’t consider the needs of others or the inconvenience it causes when he decides to bring a ball at 11pm at night to play as doesn’t want to sleep.
When I am in Dougall time there is:
- NO SET AGENDA, SIMPLY GO WITH THE FLOW
- NO LIST OF THINGS TO DO
- NO CLOCK WATCHING
- NO GUILT FOR NUTURING MYSELF AND TAKING TIME TO DO IT
- SPENDING TIME DOING NOTHING, JUST OBSERVING NATURE
- EATING WHEN I WANT, NOT BECAUSE THE CLOCK DICTATES
- HAVING A SNOOZE DURING THE DAY OR READING A BOOK
- ALLOWING MY BODY TO WAKE UP WHEN ITS READY
We are all given the same amount of time
Do you see time as a friend or enemy?
Start using your time wisely and make sure that in twenty-four hours you consider your own needs, stop, and take a leaf out of Dougall’s book.