What Happened To My Margin?
by Gina Valley
Soft and fragrant
Light and pure
Sparks my own
Seen in a mirror
Close my eyes
To open my mind
Dance of dreams
No passage of time
The patter of magic
Sparkles and stars
Shimmer and shine
All bring stories
Enter thoughts too big to see
Hear them clear and brought to me
As I carry off my dreamed gifts dear
I’ll be drawn back here
I’m really tired today.
I’m so tired that I spelled “I’m” wrong. Twice. Thank goodness for spell check!
I’m not sleepy, although I wouldn’t say “no” to a nap (who would say “no” to a nap?), I’m tired.
Things have popped up in life that I need to make time for in my already full schedule, things that take energy to deal with. Energy that, frankly, I just don’t have right now.
I need to do some re-prioritizing and re-scheduling because my plate is too full, and my time to rest and recharge has been lost. I need to get that back.
Of course, ironically, it takes time to do the re-prioritizing and rescheduling to open up some time. That’s why I haven’t done it yet.
I’m sure you can relate.
I think we all over-stuff our days, spending time and energy before we even have them.
I need to make it a point, we all do, to schedule enough margin into life to allow for the stuff that shows up unexpectedly.
When we don’t allow ourselves margin, unscheduled extra time and energy, we position ourselves into an unbendable place. Our life lacks give. If there is no give, no bend, no margin, our only options are to stand firm or to break.
We need that third option.
We need margin.
Margin allows us to take time to think and enjoy. When we are too busy doing good stuff, we miss out on doing the best stuff. We need margin to allow us to see it before it passes us by.
I need to get my margin back. I’m going to spend part of the holiday tomorrow planning, rescheduling, and delegating toward that end.
I’m also going to start a big squirt gun fight.
Fun is the first thing that disappears when the margin is missing. I intend to take mine back.
I hope you do, too.
How is your life? Is it balanced right now? Do you have enough margin to allow for the pop-ups? Are you allowing yourself to have fun? How do you make sure you don’t miss the “bests” while you are working on the “goods”? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts.