Living Unhurried #45

Author Anne Lamott writes about our true wealth:

"...there is nothing you can buy, achieve, own, or rent that can fill  
up that hunger inside for a sense of fulfillment and wonder. But the
good news is that creative expression, whether that means writing,
dancing, bird-watching, or cooking, can give a person almost
everything that he or she has been searching for: enlivenment, peace,
meaning, and the incalculable wealth of time spent quietly in beauty.
"...the bad news: You have to make time to do this... What  
manic or compulsive hours will [you] give up in trade for the
equivalent time to write, or meander? Time is not free - that's why
it's so precious and worth fighting for.

"I think it [fighting for time to really live life] is going to hurt. What fills us is real, sweet, dopey,funny life. I've heard it said that every day you need half an hour of quiet time for yourself...unless you are incredibly busy and stressed, in which case you need an hour. I promise you, it is there. Fight tooth and nail to find time, to make it. It is our true wealth, this moment, this hour, this day."

See the whole article in the April 2010 Sunset magazine here
  • In what ways are you trying to "buy, achieve, own or rent" things in order to fulfill your life?
  • What time will you fight for this week?
  • What might you give up for a half an hour/day of quiet time for yourself?
Remember when you say "no" to something, you are creating space for something/someone better.

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