10 Life Lessons from An Unexpected Guest

Eleau - Life Lessons
Eleau

Whatever happens in your life, take note:  There’s much insight to be gained.

For example, this little fellow snuck into our home not too long ago and has taught us so much since then.

My husband noticed a skinny shadow slipping along the narrow space between the shoe rack on the deck and the sliding glass door. The “shadow” sped into the house, headed directly for the cat bowls, and devoured the food as though prompted by an insatiable hunger.

Eleau won his chow and in less than an instant our hearts as well.

“What should we do?” my husband asked.  Bernie knows feeding a wild kitty is never a one time affair.  We have two adult cats already.  They finally made peace after a several-year stand-off and can actually (sometimes) sleep on the same bed.

The odds of their accepting a newcomer seemed slim, but fortunately Eleau had youth on his side.  And how could we turn a baby away?

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How Do You Really Spend Your Precious Time?

Autumn - Time Tracking

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ― Mary Oliver

On an absolute level, time is a figment of our imagination.  Nothing exists but the present moment.

On a relative level, however, this lifetime is finite.  Therefore, we need to make clear choices with our time or we’ll end up dissatisfied and full of regrets.

Understanding the absolute perspective can bring humor when we get all tied in knots about time.  Understanding the relative perspective ensures we act responsibly and gain the most out of our limited time on this earth.

A Time Tracking Adventure

I often feel like there’s not enough time for all that I would like to do.  But is that really true?  I’ve decided to track how I spend my time for a week to find out for sure.  I’ve done this before and found it to be so effective and clarifying.

Would you like to join me?

If so, download my free 7-Day Time Tracking Log.  Let’s take this adventure into the labyrinth of time together.  If 7 days seems too long, then try it out for 3 days or even 1 day.

Time Tracking Log

The purpose of time tracking is to understand how you’re actually spending your time.

You’ll discover:

  • What you’re really doing, not what you think you’re doing.
  • Where you use your time efficiently, where you  waste time.
  • How much time it actually takes to do a particular task.  Often, we grossly underestimate the time involved in any particular activity.  At least I do!

Some people say they’re afraid to track their time.  They’re afraid to find out the truth.  I understand, but it might also be one of the most liberating experiments you’ll ever do.

Each week offers you 168 hours – no more, no less.  I want to find out how I’m using those hours.  With a clear picture, I’ll be able to reorganize, prioritize, or eliminate to decrease stress and increase contentment.

Are you in?  Here’s my free time tracking log if you’d like to join me.

Do you know how you spend your time – really?  How do you feel about the prospect of tracking your time?  I would love to hear.

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