In our constantly connected, always-on-the-move world, everyone is busy. Even those of us who are intentional about slowing down and practicing mindfulness find ourselves pulled in so many directions and fulfilling so many roles that we can't help but get caught in the "busy-ness" trap.
Regrettably, the season of resolutions only compounds our time crunch. More yoga classes, more time in the kitchen, more books to read, more adventures with friends. Each of these endeavors is positive - even laudable - and can add joy to our lives. But if we keep adding without taking something else away - or without a clear plan for how to integrate these new elements into our already full calendars - we risk running around like so many ants - simply going through the motions without intention, and without reaping the rewards of these important investments in our quality of life.
As you look at your calendar for the week/month/year ahead, I encourage you to consider where you can create additional space rather than try to fit one more thing into an already crowded agenda. What commitment can you say goodbye to? What activity no longer brings you joy? What hobby do you continue to practice simply because it has been part of your routine for so long? By freeing up space in your calendar, you can begin to establish rhythms and routines that give - rather than take - energy. You can carve out a path that is both full and fulfilling.