Calling a time tight house

sisyphusLovies, I have been having a “Come to Jesus” meeting with myself about how I spend, squander, and give away my time. Needless to say, I have traversed this ground before, but at this moment, I need to give myself an intervention.

There is an old term from my days of working in a drug clinic. The term is “tight house.” Vis a vis the inpatient rehab patients, if things got out of control among the residents who, at that time in history, were in treatment for 9-12 months, a tight house would be called for a week or two or more.

Akin to battening down the hatches or pulling up the drawbridge, a tight house means all external and unnecessary activities are suspended in order to get yourself (or your group) back on track. I like this idea and declare the period from now until Easter (a good end point as I am mad for Easter and its symbolism of new life) to be my personal tight house. I am withdrawing, cutting back, pulling away, so I can discern more exactly how I choose to use my time. Time is a powerful and personal resource. How we spend our time is how we use our energy. Where we spend our time is where we place our attention. And how we spend our time becomes the habit patterns with which we live our lives.

Like a glass of cold water thrown in my bleary-eyed face, I am now awake. I am ready to reorganize my personal time template and nourish my soul. It all goes by way too fast. I want to mindfully examine my use of this precious and personal resource and explore more soulful, life-giving, and less-exhausting options.

Care to join in me in a time tight house? Pull back to the essentials, withdraw from the peripherals, and reclaim your time.

Comic Steven Wright said, “I think God’s going to come down and pull civilization over for speeding.” He has an exellent point.

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6 Responses to Calling a time tight house

  1. Adele Ryan McDowell March 10, 2015 at 8:38 pm #

    Oh, M, you are a wonder. And thank you so much for all the TLC! SWwimming in the energies of my color palette…very swell idea.(Sorry for the belated response…server switch.)

  2. Meredith March 4, 2015 at 7:55 pm #


    Once we put a “Gone Fishing” sign on our door, and totally closed up except for reading and TV and napping. It was a terrific time of renewal.

    Last year we were very tight about keeping Sunday free of anything that even smacked of work. Also great.

    We can’t percolate, we can’t rejuvenate, unless we go into the ‘off’ position and remember that saying, “Your emergency is not my urgency.” (Or something like that.)

    Sending so much love, and rest, and all the colors you love, Adele. xoxo — m

  3. Adele Ryan McDowell March 4, 2015 at 5:01 pm #

    I know you know… Yes, smaller concentric circles is what it’s all about for now. :))))

  4. Adele Ryan McDowell March 4, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

    I will still be doing the Penguin, Alice, but having more quiet time and less “yes” time. Sending you much love in balmy FL.

  5. alice pasternack March 4, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    For a 2nd time I am feeling sad about your leaving my “space”, but I admire you for so many reasons, adele, and I want you to take the time you need to do what you need to do…
    just come back soon!

  6. Na'ama March 4, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

    As you know … me too …. tight house time for completion with respect to the pace of what needs taking place and what can wait. Impatience does not mean necessity. Learning to draw smaller concentric circles around one’s obligations is a good thing. Not an easy thing, but good.
    Joining your rah rah tight house committee … Not till Easter, but for a time. … Love ya.