Time is on your side when you are present

It’s when I’m in a rush that I break a glass and then have to take another 5 minutes to clean it up. Or I forget something I really need.

It’s when I’m multi-tasking that I don’t absorb the fullness of what I am doing, reading, or listening to while trying to save time. What I miss doesn’t allow me the full experience, causing me to have essentially wasted my time (and that of others) in the experience because I’ve missed the real connection to offer back a real reply. Multi-tasking also causes cooking to become a chore and burning food to become a thing.

When I am present, my work is much more efficient because I have the clarity of a small child negotiating for something. The adult with a harried mind doesn’t have a chance at winning. And when I look up at the time once I’m done with my work, it’s always surprising how little time it took to get it done. But only when I am present. And it’s always better work.

One of my beloved teachers once told me, “the short cut’s the long cut. The long cut’s the short cut.” With the short cut, you eventually have to go back to pick up what you’ve missed; that travel time is extra time required, not just to go back there but to put the pieces back together.

Deciding to be present is a practice in self-discipline and boundaries. It requires setting up uninterrupted time, saying no or later, and delving fully into the work. When this happens, whatever the work is, it is enjoyable because you will have brought divinity to even the most mundane. If you are multi-tasking the thought, “I don’t want to be doing this, I’d rather be doing that,” that’s not being present and it becomes a chore. If you surrender to the work, the work itself, and that moment, becomes Divine.

Try it.

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