back in the day


Do you recall “back in the day” when life seemed less chaotic and rushed? I’m sure if your parents and/or grandparents were like mine you’ve heard the tales of them sitting on the front porch visiting with others, sipping a homemade iced beverage. They worked a full, labor-intensive day yet still took time to gather around the table for supper with the family, and Sunday drives to soak up the scenery and sunsets.

Our calendars are crammed with commitments. There never seems to be enough time in the day and we are always on the go, rushing from one place to another, frustrated at red lights and obstacles that are stealing our time and contributing to our stress. Often, we barely make it past lunch before we feel the urge for a nap.

There are 1,440 minutes in our day. If we sleep eight hours a night that leaves only 960 minutes remaining for everything we need to accomplish. I don’t know about you, but to mi, that number sounds taxing and stressful.

We need to, no we must plan for some “chill time” within those 960 minutes. If we don’t, then life will keep rushing by and minutes will turn to days, days to weeks, and weeks to years and we find ourselves wondering what we did with our lives.

Starting today, agree to take time to focus on the sparkle. Be intentional with your time. Schedule a cat nap or casual stroll at lunch. Spend some time simply sitting, quiet, relaxing, and recharging. Schedule these moments like you would an appointment with your doctor or a business meeting and approach it with the same obligation.

You will find yourself more refreshed, with renewed strength and your minutes as well as your life will become more valuable and cherished.

© c. michelle bryant

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