Spring brings a lot with it, chirping birds, roaring streams, tulips, daffodils. For me- it brings about a time of year when I am CRAZY busy. March, April and May are the 2nd, 1st and 3rd highest months of home sales. I am swamped for three months straight. Add to that the plays, concerts and tests the end of the school-year brings for my kids and I am firing on all cylinders.
Even though business is booming I would DREAD spring. Real estate can be completely consuming and is a 24/7 job. I would constantly complain about how busy I was and let stress take over my life. My colleagues, family and friends would avoid being around me this time of year.
As this busy season approached I came across this wonderful blog post called, Busy is a Sickness. I encourage you to read the full article but you’re a bit busy yourself, here are the key points
- Most of our busy-ness, stress and anxiety is self-created.
- Our fear of just being still keeps us from enjoying the moments in our lives, busy or otherwise
- busyness is a luxury
Immediately after reading the article I decided I would approach this busy season differently. After all, I’ve chosen this profession, I’ve chosen to be a mother and I’ve chosen to be active in my church and community. I wanted to enjoy the fullness of my life and not coast thru on auto-pilot!!!
After sharing the blog with some close friends we decided that we needed to become more engaged in our lives so we enrolled in a 10-week course by a local woman who is guiding us thru Jon Kabat-Zinns Mindful Mediation series. I’m learning to cherish moments while I am in them and the importance of stillness. It’s NOT easy, especially for me since I seem hard-wired to go-go-go but I am committed to keep at it and be more in the moment!!B We all need be thankful for our full and satisfying lives, bring positivity to our experience and sometimes just sit and breathe.
You don’t have to burn any incense, and you definitely don’t have to sit on the floor. All you need to do is to take 10 minutes out a day to step back, to familiarize yourself with the present moment so that you get to experience a greater sense of focus, calm and clarity in your life. –Andy Puddicombe