As my schedule thins out on the approach of summer I notice I too have slowed down. There is lots to do and yet I am feeling the lull of a hazy summer emerging. Setting things aside or just not starting something is given justification when I consider that tomorrow I have another light day. Of course I'll tackle this or that when tomorrow comes. It could be seen as either a natural tendency to pull back from busyness or perhaps a degree of procrastination.
Thinking on the latter, I can't help but reflect on the circumstances of some people in my life. For them, tomorrow is just an illusion. Perhaps it should be for me as well. After all, there is no guarantee that it will be here with all it's promise of time for any of us and, if it is, it may be overshadowed by events happening today.
The unknown element of the future holds promise and opportunity. And it can also give us some irreversible change of direction or mind. For example, it's sometimes hard to remember precisely what mattered the moment before my husband's health diagnosis or the news of my aunt's passing. These were both pivotal experiences in my life and leading up to them, I am certain I 'put off' all kinds of things in favour of that ideal day - tomorrow! But sometimes when we go through such life altering circumstances we become starkly aware that if we are lucky enough to have a tomorrow, we may be looking at it through a very different lens.
The uncomfortable part of this is the pull to get as much done as I can while the lake and trees and rocks are calling me to be in stillness with them. Neither is the right answer. Tomorrow might be the best day for some of my tasks and it may be interrupted so that completing anything isn't likely. In the end, I am reminded not to be driven by fear or anxiety but rather to pause, breathe and choose wisely what speaks to me in this moment, managing whatever the outcome. This is the actions of what we call A Creator in the TED* work that I love learning and teaching. Trusting myself to handle whatever lands in front of me and loving and accepting myself for my choices is the surest way to respond when I face the question of how I will spend my time today ... and tomorrow!
Ms. Daryl Wood is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a Certified TED* Practitioner and graduate of The Co-Active Leadership Program. After facilitating life-changing Women's Retreats for 17 years she is dedicated to sharing the The Empowerment Dynamic (TED*) material in organizations and to anyone eager to transform their relationship with themselves, others and situations.