A number of years ago, I attended a weekend marketing seminar where Ken Glickman, Consumer Editor for Bottom Line Personal, was one of the featured speakers. Something Ken said about making choices has stuck in my mind all of these years and immediately pops up when I need to make a decision about where to spend my time. He was talking about the importance of priorities when making decisions. His example was so good...I just wanted to share what he said. He was asked to participate in a charity event...he's asked to participate in lots of charity events...and of course, no one likes to turn down something like that...makes you look like you're not charitable. Then, he started thinking. If he said yes to the event, he was automatically saying no to something else. In this case, saying yes to the charitable function meant saying no to spending time with his then 3 year old daughter, Chloe. His choice became quite simple: he said no to the event and yes to Chloe.
Or, do I stay inside and pack kits for my upcoming teaching event in Canada?
Both needed to be done and it seemed like the responsible thing to do was to pack kits (like attending a charity event) but what I really wanted and mentally needed to do was plant flowers (my "Chloe").
I made the choice of going outside and planting. It was cool out, the sun was bright, the hummers were chittering away and both dogs happily stayed outside with me. It was great to refresh the pots that looked so pitiful after a hot summer.
When I came inside after my planting, I was overwhelmed with guilt. I still had tons of kits to pack up, instructions to write, and class supplies to gather and box for shipment. How was I going to get it all done?
I began working on the kits and wow, did they go smoothly. In no time at all, all three projects were kitted up and ready to be put into boxes. I really felt great.
Yesterday, once I finally got started on writing the class instructions, they also flowed...
I was amazed. It seems like the down time away from the class stuff really helped me focus when I needed to really buckle down. A change in pace was a good choice...saying no to the kits and yes to planting really worked for me.
And this morning, I really feel good. The boxes just need to go to the shipper and the backyard is all planted and groomed.
And Ken Glickman's words are firmly etched in my brain.
Hope you say yes to a "Chloe" in your life this week!