Reflections on art, fitness, family, politics and literature that hit me like bricks as I chauffeur my children from place to place...
A pink taxi
November 7, 2010
Time and Energy
When my blackberry battery is low it is a safe indication that I have done too much that day. That I haven't touched base to charge my battery. On a very good day, I put everything aside to nap in the morning. I turn the blackberry off while it is charging and the alarm on.
My grandmother, mother of ten, often says after her cat nap: "I layed down and closed my eyes". I didn't understand Teta Mommy till I had my own kids and appreciated any down time. It is ideal to nap but closing your eyes in a reclined position almost has the same benefits.
I thought relaxing could only happen when I wasn't "in activity" or "at work"; work meaning "caring for my children". I now realize that I must also relax while at "work" otherwise I will fatigue fast enough. Intensity won't get me anywhere. Doesn't my lifestyle require endurance?
Just yesterday, my son's swimming went over-time 20 minutes because he was accomplishing his own record length: 2 kilometers or 80 single laps of the pool. That got me late for my kids' bath time and further for the art opening. I must not allow 20 minutes to push me off schedule. Doing less to have room for the unpredictable is a must.
Perhaps I should write less on the blog, suggest my relatives. Finding time to blog is not a challenge: it is done in those spare moments, always in between moments. Those moments accumulate into an entry. Perhaps it eats up from my LeMonde reading, thrusting me 2 days back every day that passes.
I have learned a few time management tips that promote a feeling of accomplishment as well as serenity.
Never to be late. Go to your destination early and while waiting you can do another task. I always arrive early to school in the morning with my kids, they stroll rather than rush to the school gate. I also go very early to pick them up so I find good parking to minimize their walk to the car and I can always read or blog.
Make time for time consuming activities: if golf is played very early or very late, its time well found. This is a riddle: how can my kid's trainer and Olympics candidate swim 8 times a week and still manage to rest one day a week? The answer is "she makes time" and trains twice a day twice a week without counting teaching hours.
A good friend of mine scolded me for using the common expression "to kill time". He said time is too sacred to be killed. Saving time and enjoying time are more appropriate. I have never said it again.
The pink taxi runs from 7 am to 7pm. It picks and drops off my 3 kids at school, ballet,judo, aikido, violin, climbing, riding, squash, basketball, skiing, skating, swim team, friends, grandparents and teachers. The car, not pink, but a black SUV, drives to Carrefour and Coop. To Club stretch for pilates and Aviation club for weekly workouts. It is driven by a woman who navigates on the radio, gets DJed by her 4 year old or sometimes quietly reflects. The thoughts are about politics, family, humor, literature, art or fitness. Sometimes they are excruciatingly longwinded, other times they are gossipy and hot.
I hope you will all enjoy!