Where did the day go?

Posted on Sep 9, 2016 in blog, featured, health and wellness

Where did the day go?

At least three times every day take a moment and ask yourself what is really important. Have the wisdom and the courage to build your life
around your answer.   -Dr. Lee Jampolsky




So…where did the day go?

Did you mean to catch up on sleep? Get in a workout? Make your family a meal? Were you spending your day putting out fires, reacting to circumstances until you get the “how did I get here” feeling after taking your life off of autopilot?

Most people know which activities are truly meaningful to them. Sometimes, however, those things can become undervalued or overshadowed by things that we react to in the moment.

There is a difference between reacting and responding.

Reaction tends to be an automatic in the moment action done without a lot of thought and reflection.

Response is a thoughtful action taken with thought and reflection.Things we react to:

  • The business of life
  • Other people’s priorities
  • Novelty, things that catch our attention. Ooooh shiny!
  • Should: Ways in which we think we “should” be spending our time. We “should” be learning how meditate, sorting through our closets, trying a new recipe every week…but those pursuits might not be where YOU find meaning. Listen to what YOU find meaningful, no matter how small or trivial those things might appear on the surface.

For the purpose of living an intentional life, we might benefit from paying attention to our in-the-moment actions during the day. Are we reacting, or are we choosing a response?

Questions for reflection:

  • What are the parts of my day that I derive meaning from?
  • Can I spend more time doing those things? Are there things I’d like to do that end up falling by the wayside?
  • Where am I being reactive? Are there ways in which I can manage that better?
  • If needed, ask “why”. Was there something I didn’t get to on a particular day that I’m disappointed about? Why? For example, if I meant to grocery shop but instead went for a walk with a friend, that’s okay with me.
  • If there is a new habit I’d like to create, how might I manage myself in order to be consistent with that habit? Noticing how you react or respond in the moment will eventually lead you to look at the big picture of how we manage our intentions and priorities.

We need space in our lives to take in our surroundings and experiences and to respond to the world around us. Thoughtfully responding as our daily lives unfold can give us a greater opportunity to live a life of intention.


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