A Simple Technique to Stop Time-Debting

Thought for today:

We talk about “time-wasting” like it’s a bad thing, but it’s not.  Sometimes, wasting time helps us break through a barrier.

A member shares:

“I am a workaholic.  I work all the time to pay bills and creditors.  Even when I am not on the job, I need to be productive.  I never have simple down time.

“I heard once that I needed to learn how to be lazy.  If I didn’t, I was going to produce a corpse, and the worst part would be that I never really had fun.

“I had to learn to take days off where I did nothing.  That was the hardest thing to do, because it forced me to feel the feelings I was running from.

“My self-talk was horrible.  I beat myself up for the down time.  Keep in mind, I wasn’t watching TV or reading.  I was just sitting and letting go of feelings.

“I broke through some grief over losses during my ‘lazy time’.  I rediscovered an appreciation for conversation that I had lost.  I learned that I am more than what I do.”

Time to be

Sometimes, we  need to let time unfold naturally.  Doing this is instructive and fun.

There is no point in relentless pursuit of perfect use of time.  We will never enjoy time if we let it run us into the ground.

We need to allow ourselves to be consciously lazy and unproductive.  This requires work for some of us, but when we are successful at it, we will feel ourselves living more fully.

Ask:

Am I occasionally taking time to be consciously lazy?

Meditation for today:

We naturally want to avoid experiences that cause us pain.  But avoiding pain is not a criteria for living.

Instead, we should avoid clenching our fists and teeth and holding our breathing.  We should avoid negative self-talk.  We should not run from ourselves.

If we can be curious and play with heavy experiences, we will learn things that break through years of emotional log-jams.

Affirmation for today:

“Just for today, I will face my life with courage.  With the help of DA and my Higher Power, I have what I need to live through whatever this day brings.*

* From DA pamphlet P-129

Recommended podcast: 

The ProBlogger Podcast Seven Habits of Lucky Entrepreneurs served as inspiration for this  post of PlentyTML.  Darren Rouse’s work is especially helpful to bloggers.

Recommended book: 

Another book which has inspired this blow post is How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt, and Live Prosperously*: Based on the Proven Principles and Techniques of Debtors Anonymous

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