Just In Time (JIT) …Do you often arrive where you need or want to be just in time or worse… late? Do you try cramming in as much in your calendar/schedule as possible? Do you push yourself beyond your limits with time? Do you know someone who fits this description? Can you relate to this?
Most of us can relate to this in one way, shape or form. For decades, I fostered a JIT life. In my personal and professional life, it was all about ‘doing’. How much could I accomplish in one day? It seemed like my mind thrived on rushing… go go go… go go go… Did I accomplish a lot? Absolutely. People would say that I thrived on going 150 miles per hour like it was a good thing. At the time, I thought it was a positive trait to be “superwoman” like. I got promotions, increased responsibility, had and raised a family, and immersed myself in that which would keep me busy. One of the ways I stayed busy was procrastinating. Again, it seemed as if I thrived on waiting until the last minute to get things done.
As early as middle school, I remember procrastinating with homework and projects. Some people think that they do their best work under this kind of pressure. I know I did. I would constantly push the time management envelope into adulthood. My husband at the time was the polar opposite. He was fanatic about being early for everything. My parents weren’t quite as insistent, yet they liked to be on time. So, if I was going anywhere with others that were on time, then I had no choice but to be ready at a certain time. That didn’t prevent me, though, from bringing things with me to finish or do in the car.
In retrospect, I wondered why I spent so many years living like a wound up yo-yo. Maybe I felt that I had something to prove. Perhaps I wanted others’ approval. Maybe, by being in a constant state of doing, I would avoid feeling anything. Over the last 12 years of my spiritual growth, I have learned so much about myself and how I showed up in the world. Several dear friends have told me that I have two speeds: 0 and 100. I have had several opportunities to put my growth to the test, so to speak, to practice more balanced living and learn how to live in the middle. Some days I am more successful than others. More and more, I live in the moment. I live on purpose. I am learning to eat the elephant one bite at a time. Instead of reorganizing my entire library of books in one afternoon, I organize one section at a time. Rather than cleaning out and organizing my closet at once, I take a section at a time. By spending up to an hour at a time doing something rather than six hours, I conserve my energy, and demonstrate self-love by not running myself into the ground. By the way, my closet is still a work in progress!
I have learned that living a Just In Time life is living with delay. When we are at a vibration of delay, we keep reaching for the thing we never get because we are constantly delayed. Are there any areas in your life where you procrastinate? Are there times when you push the time envelope and arrive somewhere JUST IN TIME? I challenge you to take one step today that moves you into the here and now… to do something ahead of time and have time to relax knowing it is done.
Here is to a vibration of NOW,
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