Sunday, May 22, 2011

Well, Since We're All Still Here. Rock On!

Life has been so busy that I almost missed the whole end of the world commotion and discussion. Which got me wondering; what if it had been my last day on earth? Would I have been satisfied with my life up to that point? Or, would I have a long list of things I've been putting off until the ever enigmatic "someday" when there is more time?

More time. What a bunch of crap. There is no such thing as more time. Time is time; sixty seconds in a minute, sixty minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day. It's not like we can 'super size' those units of measurement by cramming in a few extra seconds, minutes or hours. The only thing we can do is fill those bits of time with the things that matter most.

I'm reminded of the Stephen Covey concept of putting the big rocks in first.
Every now and then I remember that analogy when I'm buzzing around doing things that don't matter much, but can't seem to make myself stop. Covey's whole premise is that if you put the big rocks in first, the little rocks will be able to fall into the cracks and crevices in between. However, if you fill up your container with all the little pebbles and rocks first, the big rocks probably won't fit.

Now that I have a doomsday reprieve, it's time to really think: Is what I'm doing with my time really my heart's desire, or just keeping me busy enough not to ask what my heart truly desires? Good question. Tough question, but good question. It's one that can't be asked just once in a lifetime. It's a question to be asked over and over because the answers change as I change.

It's also a question that is consistently being asked in a class I'm taking right now called "Ignite the Spark (TM)". A very good, soul-searching, success-pattern defining class developed by heartspark, facilitated by a woman who does truly evoke magic, Susan Clark. It is helping me own the unique gifts I bring to the party of life. I finally decided to squeeze the class into the whirl of life's busyness, and I'll admit it is sometimes downright difficult to get into the proper head space for the rigorous questioning and answering, but the other participants come ready to play, so I must too.

It's time to devote myself to my homework for "Ignite the Spark (TM)"; asking myself the big question: What do I want? Of course there is a lot more to the homework than just this one question, but the question starts me on the path to gather those big rocks. The heavy lifting begins now.

Want to join me?

What is your heart telling you?

What are your big rocks?


Jan said...

Great post, once again. Did you hear about heartspark from Mary? It sounds wonderful.


Mama's Always Write said...

Yes Mary told me about it. If you're interested, I have a card I can give you for a discount. It's an intense class - good and intense!

Anonymous said...

Tammy is that by any chance an online class. I imagine by your description that it is not, but I wanted to check just the same.

Alison Law said...

I once had a boss tell me to "define my perfect world." He meant it in the company setting, which gave it some parameters, but it totally blew my mind. I kept delaying the work on his challenge because it seemed too unwieldy. Good luck defining your perfect world and congratulations on being brave enough to ask yourself the tough questions.

lisa said...

I love the notion you shared of big rocks and sand, particularly with the photo beside it. As I jump from task to task today, neglecting the "big rock" it's a great reminder. As for delving into the tough questions: good for you! Finding the time for that is essential, if hard. I'm working on that, too.

Mama's Always Write said...

Lisa, this was the in-person group version, but she does offer an online class as well. The first three days were tough and I was sometimes lost, but today it all came together! Great class and experience. A mental/spiritual workout to be sure, but definitely worth it. I don't know how the online version works, but I would say it's worth checking in to.