Time for what?

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?

3 thoughts on “Time for what?

  1. I make time to cook and bake. It’s important to me to feed myself and the people around me as well as I can. To that end, I plan to make at least one new recipe a week this year. After all, I have all these cookbooks and at mealtime, more often than not, I just toss something together. I want to learn some new techniques and expand my own as well as Mr. Twistie’s food knowledge.

    This year I want to make more time for creative writing. I want to make less time for bad movies on Lifetime Movie Channel. Watching Tori Spelling get gutted like a fish or Melissa Gilbert being stalked by Bruce Boxleitner is satisfying on a certain level, yes, but it’s not like I haven’t seen it a few thousand times now. Time to do something more interesting and inspirational.

    Writing something fictional is a good way to explore my own mind. it’s a good way to try out new thoughts. Besides, I can always put a stalking scene in something and mentally cast it as Melissa and Bruce.

    What? You can’t expect me to be all tasteful and non-sardonic in one go!

  2. I try to make time to sit on the porch and read every day. (With a glass of wine in summer or a cup of tea in winter.) It’s not all that much time, and I skip it more often than I’d like to, but when I do it, it makes me feel so… civilized.

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