Time Flies… Or Does It?

Here we are in the second month of 2017. In prior years I might have made a comment about how hard it is to believe that February is here already, or how January flew by. I’m not feeling that way this year because I decided to do things differently. I did not want to be watching Fourth of July fireworks this year and wonder where the first half of 2017 went. This year I set the intention to pay even closer attention to the events of my life as they are happening. Every so often in January I deliberately paused to look at the calendar and say to myself, “Here I am on this date in 2017.” With gratitude and appreciation, I made a mental note of where I was, who I was with, and the blessings I was receiving in that moment. There have been a lot of them so far!

As I wrote about a few weeks ago, this year started off quietly for me. I stayed in on New Year’s Eve, but on New Year’s Day I had a wonderful lunch and walk around a lake with one of my best friends. It was great to reconnect with her because we hadn’t seen each other since before Christmas. January 2 was a Monday, and following our weekly A Course in Miracles study group at Bridges of Wellness we had a fun party to celebrate one year of sharing miracles and laughter together. In mid-January I had another joy filled week in Richmond facilitating workshops and private sessions with that loving Virginia community. Virginia really is for lovers! (I’m happy to say I will be going back April 20-25.) The following weekend I had that beautiful day at Unity of Naples which I wrote about last week.
 
As if that weren’t enough, one of my sisters is here in Florida on vacation with her husband this month, so I have had several opportunities to spend time with them. I’m so glad she retired last year so I can see her more often! My schedule allowed me to join the Men’s Group of Unity of Pompano last week for a spectacular movie and pizza night. I enjoyed the fellowship, conversation, and pizza with these great guys. My month ended with a powerful afternoon of Family Constellations at The Center for Inner Wisdom on Sunday. We had been trying to get that on the calendar for months, and it finally happened. I continue to be humbled by the transformations and miracles that occur every time I facilitate one of these workshops. I am looking forward to doing another one there on March 5, as well as one in Ocala, FL at the OakBrook Center for Spiritual Living on February 19, and one at Bridges of Wellness in Wilton Manors on February 26.
 
On the last day of the month, my brother’s plans unexpectedly changed, so he arrived a day early for his yearly escape from the cold weather up north. That meant three of the Moore siblings were in Fort Lauderdale, FL at the same time. We took advantage of that opportunity and had some quality time together after my coaching appointments on Tuesday evening. It was a great ending to a great month.

In the past, all of that activity might have felt overwhelming. If I hadn’t consciously taken a moment once in a while to notice the date and be present with what was happening, this month could have slipped by like the last four months of 2016. (I was on so many airplanes, I lost count.) I’m happy to report my experiment is working! Believe it or not, time actually feels like it is slowing down. If that sounds good to you, perhaps you’d like to try the same experiment. Make a mental note of today’s date and then think about what happened today. How did you feel? Who were you with? Did you try something new or take a step towards your dream? Did something make you laugh out loud? What wonderful things happened in January? Maybe some not so wonderful things happened last month. Take a breath and allow those moments to be part of your journey too. If you are experiencing a difficult time, what I know for sure is this too shall pass. Later, you might be able to see the gift in those moments too.

I’m going to do my best to continue this experiment all year and see if I can continue to slow down time. Will you join me? If you do, I’d love to hear how it works for you in the comments below. Maybe you are already doing this and have been for years. Is it still working? If you are having a hard time, I’d love to share more tools and techniques that have helped me. Look around my website to learn more about Life Coaching based on the time bending principles of A Course in Miracles.
 
Until next time, keep noticing your surroundings and tell Father Time to slow down so you can enjoy the ride!

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