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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sacred Life Sunday: Guilt-Free Play

As many of you know, I am currently reading the book The Power of Slow: 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World" by Christine Hohlbaum. I am also completely revamping my life in order to create time abundance. I should have a strategy and plan in place early in the week; however, I am already implementing changes, since many things take time to accomplish. I will be writing more about this soon.

Tonight I read about how both workaholics and procrastinators have trouble engaging in guilt-free play. This was a huge revelation to me. LoveHubbie is a super workaholic and I could easily see his pattern. Seeing my own was another matter. Underneath the busy, busy gal trying to do things I love and things that are important to me is is The Procrastinator always getting derailed by little, usually diddly, trivial tasks. I clearly see that my "falling" into unwanted yet urgent tasks is a way for me to procrastinate about my passions. I am the same as LoveHubbie in that it is incredibly difficult for me to participate in guilt-free play (although I do admit to engaging in guilty play!)

Insights like these will help me to continue to develop my plan. As I'm reading this book, I'm writing down changes in a notebook. Then I'll synthesize them and implement them. I am so excited about the changes that I've already started.

If you struggle with guilt-free play, maybe you are a workaholic or a procrastinator. Anyone else struggle with this?


thailandchani said...

I do have an issue with procrastination. Definitely. Truthfully though, I don't feel guilty about anything I do. It seems I never got that memo. Sometimes I regret a bad choice but guilt? No.


Angie at Home said...

I'll have to get this book. I do have major problems playing without feeling guilty about the time I'm using.

NicciN said...

I struggle with this too. I feel guilty if I haven't finished everything, which is an unrealistic expectation. I should check out the book too.

Anonymous said...

Greetings, All! I am thrilled you like the notions of the book. In fact, I'd love to offer you each a badge of honor in embracing the slow. It's a fun banner you can put on your site to remind you, and your visitors, to live and breathe the slow every day.

Embracing time abundance, one day at a time!
~Christine Louise Hohlbaum