I woke up to snow today. Since I live in South Carolina that usually means that my yoga class will be cancelled. My day has just changed direction and I have unexpected time off in my day. And yep, that’s exactly what happened. Right as I was about to leave my house, I got word that the class was indeed cancelled and I could stay home. I wouldn’t have to get on the slick roads with all the other drivers that rarely drive in the snow. I wouldn’t have to hope that I didn’t hit any ice on my way to and from the gym. I could stay safe and warm in my house. Now, what to do with my unexpected time off?
As someone who thrives on a bit of schedule, unexpected changes are not always welcome. It might take me a few minutes to adjust to the new schedule or direction that life just took, but give me a bit of time & I’ll be fine.
I find I make the adjustment to my schedule better if I take a mental pause. Let it soak in that what I thought was happening isn’t and that I now have a chance to change my day. So, that’s what I did. I paused to consider the change and to think about the possibilities that could come from that change. Then I moved forward with my day.
Since I also work from home, this snowy morning I chose to get my work done earlier rather than later in the day. I decided to spend the time that I would have been at class on things that I need to get done for my business. This gave me more free time to relax this afternoon.
I look at times like today as the unexpected ‘Gift of Time’. As much as I don’t look forward to last minute changes in my schedule, I absolutely love it when I get the unexpected Gift of Time. I will immediately think about all of the possibilities. Maybe I’ll just rest. Maybe I’ll do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Maybe I’ll take a few minutes to exercise. Maybe I’ll cook something that I didn’t think I had time to cook. The list could go on & on.
In the end, it’s about the ability to take a few unexpected minutes in my day to do something unexpected. It’s a good reminder to myself that life doesn’t always have to go as planned. I can get so wrapped up in my schedule that I forget to take a few minutes to be spontaneous in my life.
I’m not one to sit around wondering what to do with myself. I always have way more things that I want to do than what I have time to fit into a single day. This means that free time is always filled up. I don’t have time to be spontaneous because I’ve already figured out my day.
The unexpected Gift of Time is my reminder that I can change my plans without my life falling apart. I can enjoy some spontaneity in my life and all will be okay.
It also comes down to choices. I have the choice to just fill up this free time with work. I also have the choice to find something fun &/or relaxing to do. I think I’m going to choose to get my work done earlier and then have some free time this afternoon. I haven’t decided what I’ll do in that free time. Again, my mind is full of possibilities. But, it’s okay to not know what I plan to do this afternoon. It’s okay to see how I feel at that time and then just roll with it. It is a gift after all. It’s mine to enjoy however I see fit. The unexpected Gift of Time!