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Recently, I had the unexpected joy of a day off. My first inclination was to carve out a block of a few hours to work on my organizing business. It was a perfect opportunity to get in some business reading and writing, I thought.
But then I heard a still, small voice.
Be free today.
Wow. What a concept. A free day!
Wait, what exactly does that mean? For me, that meant not committing to anything in particular, but remaining open to where the Spirit leads.
Free time is an essential part of life. So often we can overschedule our days with chores, errands, driving the kids to soccer that we forget to actually block off time on our calendars to simply do what we please.
Plan an “Unplanned” Day.
This is exactly what my husband and I do every Sunday. We keep our plans light, say, like a trip to the movies or just drive to nowhere. Keeping Sunday free is our way of being together, to make sure we connect.
But rarely do I get a day where I have zero commitments to anything on my own. And so, when the opportunity came, I grabbed it. I planned an “unplanned” day.
Where Did I Go? What Did I Do?
The beauty of planning out my days in a planner is that I get to focus on my values because they are written down in full view, everyday. Categories such as Family, Home, Business, Spiritual, Health and (temporarily) Holiday, are daily reminders of what is truly important in my life.
I write tasks/errands under these categories on a weekly basis so that if I don’t get to, say, buy Christmas stamps (Holiday) on Monday, I don’t have to feel too bad, I can get them on my next day off.
And so, while my planner was opened, I listened to where Spirit was leading me. It turns out, I got a LOT more accomplished, and in different areas of my life, by listening to God, than if I had simply blocked out the time on my calendar:
Family–I maintained family relationships by picking up the phone just to chat.
Spiritual-In addition to my daily devotions, I did a whole lot of knitting. Knitting is a great spiritual act, since we usually knit for others. As a Catholic Christian, I am called to live a life of service.
Business-I even got to write a cool blog post!
Holiday-Bought these fabulous and historic Christmas stamps. Also wrote out Thanksgiving cards to family and close friends. And since I wasn’t out running around in “busy-ness” I was able to enjoy all the little ghouls and goblins who came knocking at my door asking for tricks or treats.
Health-With a cup of hot coffee in hand, I took a walk down by the bay.
It occurs to me that had I NOT planned to keep this day unplanned, the promptings of Spirit would have gone unnoticed and instead, I would have felt some vague longing for something more.
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