Monday 5 Things ™…..Time…..

Img 2764Photo: D. Paul Graham / Brit Floyd, Savannah, circa 2019

Monday 5 Things ™…..Time…..

“Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day / You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way / Kicking around on a piece of ground in your hometown / Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.”

As I sat in the Atlanta Sky Club under a bizarre weather delay, I enjoyed a hot cup of black elixir and listened to Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’. Enjoying the moment of one of my favorite albums of my youth, I reflected on the past year and shook my head in disbelief that we are already through Q1 of this year. As the fourth cut of the album, ‘Time’, filled my AirPod clad auricles, I resisted an overwhelming urge to serenade my fellow sojourners. Rather, I closed my eyes and chose to simply think about time. Time that seemingly was stolen and wasted by a pandemic that changed us all, both subtly and overtly, in the past year. I realized it’s time to change. And in the words of that great philosopher, Roger Waters, it’s time to stop waiting for someone or something to show us the way. And this morning’s M5T took form.

1. Time to Dress.

Physically and emotionally. Whether you can still go into your office, or if you are working from home, there is something about getting out of bed, changing out of your PJ’s or sweatpants and getting dressed to start the day. Dressing sets the tone and can change your state of mind for your day. Inspire confidence by putting on something that makes you feel good about yourself. Wearing something that will be noticed, even if you are the only one doing the noticing. Dressing so that you look at yourself in the mirror and think “Damn I look good. I’m ready for anything today.” Likewise, dress your mind. Prepare for the day. Put on your armor of faith. Refuse to let toxic, negative people invade your space. Choose to make a difference.

2. Time to Renew.

It’s time to renew your goals and ambitions. It’s time to rekindle your dreams. Reflect on where you are and who you are. Be specific. Take ownership for yourself because no one else will do that for you. Make changes to the easy things in life. Push and challenge yourself to try something different. Renew what is most important to you; replenish, and recharge where you put your convictions and in those you love the most in life.

3. Time to Stop.

Covid has too easily been blamed for too many things. Stop blaming the virus. Stop being afraid. Do what you have to so that you overcome the things you are most fearful of. Take a deep breath and commit to stop procrastinating. Stop making excuses; make the most of what is right in front of you. Quityerbitchin. Choose to be positive.

4. Time to Plan.

Plan a trip. Take a trip. Chances are you can’t travel easily to other countries, but at some point, the borders will open up again. You do have a city or town that you haven’t discovered fully. Plan an adventure. Make an adventure. Plan intentionally. Plan for a change of pace. Plan a literal roadmap for where you want to go and how you’ll get there. Take a chance. Go somewhere you have never been. Plan to reduce uncertainty, provide direction, make decisions.

5. Time to Live.

Live your life not what others expect of you. Seek joy. Recapture. Create – something, anything. Streamline and de-clutter. Contemplate and embrace a new day at sunrise. Exhale the day with the warmth and silence of a sunset. Marvel at a star filled sky at midnight. Take a walk. Live by doing something that makes you feel anxious and uncomfortable. Do something that makes you feel alive. Be true to yourself. Do things because you get to, not because you have to. Live out the things that make you feel free, unfettered, and unrestrained.

Here’s to a week of claiming time and making time for yourself.

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D. Paul Graham is passionate about people, culture, photography and business. He has embraced his wanderlust with his travels around the globe and is at peace with his need for spirited drives in all things automotive.

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