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Finding Time For What We Love

I didn’t take time. I didn’t take the space. I didn’t create the kind of space where enough silence existed for me to actually read. I did all of the things that were loud and flashy and demanding of my time, and didn’t make time for the quiet, beautiful, sacred things. Facebook has that number in the little red box in the upper left hand corner t0 tell me what I need to do. Email dings to let me know it desires my attention. The phone rings. The children speak. The litter box stinks and the cats meow to let me know about their unmet needs.

But, what about mine. I have a need for peace. I need space, time, and silence to feed my mind, body, and spirit. Everyone knows that it comes down to this. I’m not offering something new here… except, perhaps, the thing that makes it possible for us to finally say, “No, it’s my turn.”

For me, that was hitting some sort of reading rock bottom. I grew sick of my own excuses. I couldn’t keep seeing the books, claiming to love the books, longing to be with the books. I couldn’t stand it anymore. I couldn’t stand myself anymore. It was the integrity piece. I had to either stop claiming to be that girl, or I had to go be her.

I had to release some of the people pleasing, to-do listing, mind-numbing media overwhelming junk. I had to bypass the low hanging fruit on the concentration tree of my life. I had to get the ladder and climb higher, crawl out on a great branch with a freaking book and dive in. I had to read and wallow in the truly endless possibilities that spring from my love of books.

A few years ago, I started reading again. At first, just a short one on vacation but I finished it. Then, another in the evenings before bed. I finished it. Then, another and another. In time, I’ve taken back my mind, made room for my inner life-long learner to thrive once more.

Yesterday, I read an entire book. It’s a preview copy of a wonderful book for women with AD/HD. Today, I’m starting another one. This one is an advance copy of a Feng Shui book for me to review. I can’t wait to see what kind of space and life-changing treasures it holds.

Most of all, I’m just happy to be home.

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Christy Diane Farr

Christy Diane Farr is a catalyst. If that sounds like something you want more of in your life, visit 'The Greenhouse' at SeedsAndWeedsCoaching.com and join the Wildflower Evolution on Facebook.

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3:02AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

Thanks

2:46AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

This is the way we enjoy life

1:11AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

Thanks for posting.

12:57AM PST on Feb 27, 2013

Thank you

3:18PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

Great article. Have been there myself-- even I got sick of my excuses like you did. Glad we both made it back home. Thank you for sharing.

1:34AM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

thank you christy for an article which conected with me INSTANTLY! ditto ditto on so many things.... i am 28 and just got married.... waiting and enjoyign my time in a new country so that i can find a job ....but even in this free time i end up doing useless things like waking up late n browsing net mindlessly..... there is half read book on the table and i see it guiltily every day. ...downloaded yoga video but laziness threatens to creep in.... lots of time but no time still!! ... and before i land a job and put the blame on that for not time i think i should just take out time for myself productively. :) thanks again!

10:13PM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

thanks for sharing.

11:28AM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

i always put the books i'm reading on my 'to do' list, reading is just as important as taking care of my pets or doing the laundry!

6:00AM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

Great article!

4:19PM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

Thank you for the article, i too am a lover of books. I can't count the nunumber of books i've read. I'm an old woman now, but i've loved reading since early grammer school when i discoverd the putting of letters together made words , and words into sentences, that told a story. And that reading takes you any and every where...........been hooked ever since.

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