05 September 2007

Real, Extra, Extraordinary Time

In follow up to my last post about a simpler life and Normal Rockwell, my aunt (Margie) sent me some wonderful thoughts that she'd read in a Yoga Journal. I think that she and the journal articulated well what it is we seek when we want a simpler life.

"The article proposed that there are two types of time: linear, like the kind of time you are in when you are trying to meet deadlines and goals, working against the clock, and extraordinary, the time when you are so involved in what you are doing that you don't realize that there is time.

It proposed that for good health and well-being, that we need to spend more in extraordinary time. When we finish a task, we should take a deep breath and acknowledge what we have accomplished instead of rushing to the next task. We should schedule "unproductive" time each week. Time when we just do what feels right like being in nature. In order to do that, we may have to let go of some of our projects. It requires looking at how we spend our time and deciding what is most important to us.

Perhaps what people are really craving is more extraordinary time. Maybe it was easier in times past to have this type of time. Now we really have to make it a goal.

The dictionary defines extraordinary as beyond what is established. The norm is linear time, the "established." To go beyond this, we must decide what is required or established and push the envelope to include something fulfilling, and satisfying. The task for me now is just to think of how I can have more extraordinary time. I thought that these words were so wonderful, I wanted to share them with all of you.

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