I'm late...I'm late...for a very important date!

I feel like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland lately. About two weeks ago, the pin that holds my band on my watch came off and as of yet, I have not had it fixed. To some, that would be an easy fix, but here, it involves a trip to a big city to get it fixed. So I have been naked for two weeks now.

At first, I was completely lost...kept asking everybody what time it was and getting so far behind in what I "needed" to get done in a day. I was totally discombobulated...a silly watch was controlling my day. I was going to bed at night feeling rushed and thinking I had accomplished very little of what I wanted to. I was loosing track of time just because of a watch on my wrist.

Enter the story of the jar...we've all heard it before.
Take a jar. Fill it is as full as you can with big rocks. Now add sand to fill in the cracks. Think it's full? Nope...top it off with water.

So what does all the rocks, sand and water mean? Rocks are the important things I needed to pay attention to every single day. The foundation. The rest will fall into place...the added pleasures. Without doing the important things first, I haven't been enjoying the rest as much..worrying about getting the important things done. Two weeks later, without checking my wrist, I do my important things right away in the morning. The other "stuff" comes later and I've been able to say I did what I needed to accomplish. My DH says I'm definitely a lot happier...who knows...maybe healthier, too. I'm not saying every day works like this, but I am trying to be better.

So how are you really spending your time? What are you waiting for? I can tell you one thing...I won't have a wristwatch tan this year!

Comments

SoDear2MyHeart said…
I used to be a slave to a timepiece...Recently, I've come to rely more upon a routine than an actual time schedule. Most days, I have to stop and think about what day of the week it is, rather than what time it is...and forget the actual date...that's what my computer is for.

We came up with a saying back when we had our horse farm and all of the associated "need to be done yesterday" tasks that went along with it..."If it isn't bleedin' or doesn't need feedin' or breedin', it can wait." Even though the farm is gone, it still holds pretty true today...

In any case, you're just precious...and timeless!

Hugs!
Terri
Alisa said…
When I quit working, I quite wearing my watch. It felt very liberating!
Snap said…
I very rarely wear a watch now. I put one on (and I have a bunch -- Minie Mouse being my favorite)when I'm doing a tour at the museum and have to meet the group at a certain time and have to end at a certain time. Otherwise, retirement is nice! Wish I had learned the *no watch* lesson earlier in my life! We seem to be on a *the sun is up and the birds are singing -- time to get up* and *gee, it's gotten dark ... maybe we should go to bed* schedule.
How true this Is. I guess the saying Is true, sometimes you just have to stop and smell the roses. Have a great day, Kathi
Audrey said…
Alicia, this is such a great post! Several years ago I attended a "What Matters Most" seminar put on by the Stephen Covey Institute. They did a live demonstration of the rock example - that impacted me in such a big way! I try to always rember Goethe's words, "Things which matter most, must never be at the mercy of things which matter the least."
This is deep! I wish I could spend my time the way I want to. Stupid work! x
Hello Lindello said…
I love that rock jar idea! so true. a great reminder in deed. I wish I read this post before my head was spinning with stress this morning!
drollgirl said…
wow! this is pretty amazing! i have gone a while without replacing a watch battery, but i usually get it done. lately my wrists have been hurting (damn you blogging!), so maybe i should try going watchless for a while! maybe this is what i need in my life?!?!?! maybe?

thank you for the tip -- it cannot hurt to try!
I used to be the same way - obsessed with time. I took the watch off 10 years ago and haven't worn one since. Although, the darn cell phone or The Boy's watch is usually nearby, so I'm still not quite free of my time neurosis. Someday I hope to live on "island time" and not care...
Hit 40 said…
Sales on watches are way done. Everyone has a cell phone with the time. You must not be addicted to texting yet :-)

Loved your rabbit photo!! Cute
vicki archer said…
I will have to try this sooner rather than later....Happy weekend, xv.
first I want to say thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower....Im so happy you did as that brought me to you...I love your blog and what you write about...I will keep coming back thats for sure!!!!

oh and as for the watch thing...I havent worn one for a long time....sometimes its a nice surprise to go take a peek and see what time it is to find out oh its not as late as I thought it was.
LENORENEVERMORE said…
Amen!!!
I use my cel phone to tell time...
You have a fabulous weekend dear!
~XO*
Sandra said…
This is a great post. I still own a horse farm so I'm basically operating on SoDear2MyHeart's line. I haven't worn a watch for probably 20 years, except when I wear one as jewelry.
Chrisy said…
Oh I know what you mean! I'm at the stage now where I never wear a watch...don't have a clock in the bedroom...do in the living rooms...just in case somebody else's notion of time has to be followed...
Divine Mrs D said…
I can tell you that I'm wasting my time tonight. I really should be in bed.

I like this post!! I hope you have a great weekend :)
Relyn said…
I do so love when synchronicity like this occurs. I have taken off my watch for the summer. I do it each year and it feels like such freedom. When I absolutely must know the time, I check my cell phone. Is that cheating?
Lover of Life said…
Great reminder to slow down and take stock of our lives. Time seems to be going so fast anyway!
Liss said…
My watch doesn’t even work but I still have to wear it because of the naked feeling you speak of.
Oh wow. I can honestly say I have never heard of the jar trick before!
That's amazing. And it has a lot of truth to it.
I don't really spend my time doing anything except being on the computer. There really isn't a lot to do when your not mobile.

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