Lovies, 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.