Carving Time

In his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey wrote about the importance of self-renewal. He stressed the advantages associated with taking time off, referring to it as ‘sharpening the saw’.

Having just returned from four days away, I can attest to the benefits of this concept. Choosing to unplug from the world, avoid using a computer and appreciate the down time opened up space for other riches of life to enter my world.

Creating this space doesn’t necessary have to involve travelling great distances. A simply act such as throwing away the rubbish – carefully separating paper, cans, glass, plastic and leftovers for recycling purposes – is not so glamorous, but keeps the fingers from the keyboard. Other such moments can probably be found in our daily routine if we decide to look for them.

Yet again it all comes down to how we choose to spend our time. Yes, I know choice crops up regularly in these articles. Anyway, as I asked in last week’s article, “When people say they don’t have enough time to set goals and invest in personal or professional development, what are they really saying about themselves?”

So, refreshed, revitalized and raring to go, let me leave you for now with the words of Senge, Scharmer, Jaworski and Flowers:

“Slow down. Observe. Position yourself. Then act fast with a natural flow that comes from the inner knowing… With a freshness of vision, you have the possibility of a freshness of action.”

Remember I’d love to hear from you.

Enjoy the moment and ciao for now.



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