By: Heather Blanchard
This weekend we will celebrate the coming of a New Year. Resolutions will be made, and while some will be realized, many will fade away. So instead of making resolutions this year, I thought I’d focus on trying to make the most of each day in small ways. Time is a precious commodity that can easily slip through our fingers. Our daily lives are controlled by routines and clocks – we set our alarms to go to school or work, work around the schedules of family members, take time to move, eat and play regularly throughout the week, and carve out precious time for family, friends and travels. And yet we so often waste it or take how much time we have for granted.
There are 24 hours, 1440 minutes and 86,400 seconds in a day, and its up to you how to use them. So, what if instead of making huge resolutions, you focused on the quality of time you have in each day. You focused on what matters most a little bit more outside of your must-dos. Perhaps your joy would grow and spread to others, and along with it your energy would rise and your health and wellness would get a huge boost. After all, joy is contagious – it can be felt and can affect others all around you in positive ways.
I was recently looking at the mission of a great company called Be Yoga that we purchase yoga props and accessories from for the boutique, and their mission ties beautifully into daily goals and values that can feed our mind, body and soul and ensure we make the most of each day. Here they are – summarized and personalized.
- Be well: So you can chase what matters most and inspire others to do the same.
- Be impactful: Be committed to owning the impact you have on your inner circle, community and planet.
- Be connected: Honor your connections with others; partners, family, friends team mates and the earth.
- Be true: Be committed to living your yoga on and off the mat. This means directing positive energy towards positive change.
Take time to move your body each day, time to connect with those who matter most, time to relax and renew, time to meditate, time to learn or read, time to savor your food, time outside to soak in fresh air, the sun or the moon and stars, and make time for ample sleep so you can be your best self all year.
Here are some wise words from Bahram Akradi – The CEO of Lifetime Fitness:
“Time goes fast, so make the most of it. Take the time to know who you are and be grateful for the gifts you’ve been given. Maximize your strengths. Acknowledge your weaknesses. Pay attention — to the mountains, oceans, trees, birds, rivers. Protect fellow humans and fellow species. Guard the planet. Give more than you take and put relationships before everything.
Take risks. Make decisions. Welcome challenges, obstacles, and hardships. Give it your all without taking it all too seriously. Be tough and strong yet sweet and humble. Be sensible and sincere yet laugh uncontrollably. It’s a magical ride, this experience called life. It will startle you, how quickly you travel it.”
If you focus on making the most of your time each and every day, maybe the rest of your goals, resolutions and dreams will fall naturally into place. With no specific time or limits to live by you may just find what you need and desire will come your way by thinking about time not in Chronos (the Greek word for chronological time) but rather in Kairos (the other Greek word for time) the idea of time in quality. Treat each new day as one full of precious moments to seize.