This year I was able to take off one day a week from work in December, along with the time between Christmas and New Year’s.
Which means this is my first full work week in over a month.
I happened to run across this last night, in Kathleen Norris’ book The Cloister Walk:
In our culture, time can seem like an enemy: it chew us up and spits us out with appalling ease. But the monastic perspective welcomes time as a gift from God, and seeks to put it to good use rather than allowing us to be used up by it. A friend who was educated by the Benedictines has told me that she owes to them her sanity with regard to time. “You never really finish anything in life,” she says, “and while that’s humbling, and frustrating, it’s all right. The Benedictines, more than any other people I know, insist that there is time in each day for prayer, for work, for study, and for play.”
Of course, from what I’ve seen of monastic schedules, they often have less time allocated for work and commuting than is common for those of us with “normal jobs”. But they also make time for their priorities, with an overall goal of balance.
What do you make time for? What do you want to make time for, and what do you want to NOT spend time on?