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Thursday, September 13, 2012

It’s About Time

I happened upon a poem today that helps me convey this months message … "Time is a Gift". The poem is credited to Shaun William Hayes, and one line in particular speaks volumes:

"Make time, give time, take time out"

This past month has been the busiest ever for my small company - of which I am very grateful. As it happened, friend and family commitments (planned and otherwise) were exceptionally great this past month as well … my time was at risk.
Keeping up with everything was going to be a struggle and a logistical nightmare - a well made plan was in order. I had a plan - check that box!

Per plan, business matters were running along smoothly, and I was managing to 'make time' for a dear friend - planned - which involved planning for and hosting an elaborate event in her honor. I'm so glad I was able to do this for her. She was celebrated … so deservedly so, and I was eager to get back to work.

The very next day, my father's oldest brother past away - unplanned. I had not seen my uncle for several years, nor had I kept up with family members other than immediate ones. Weddings, babies and graduations slipped by, and I was none the wiser. But when a death passes through our family, we 'give time' to one another. Upon greeting one another, immediate smiles and hugs welcomed each of us, and we knew that love was not lost between us; it was just snoozing somewhere under the day-to-day hustle and bustle. My grand-daughter stayed overnight the evening before we were to join the family in visitation for my uncle - planned - and fell ill with fever and headache - unplanned. There is nothing more heart breaking than to see your vivacious and suddenly small five year old, who regularly alternates between the alter egos of Rapunzel and Dora, lie listless on the sofa with sad, sad eyes. My time with her was very different than planned, but taking care of her and easing her worries abut throwing up was one of the most loving experiences that I've had with her. My time, though important to me, was much more important to her.

During those few days with family, my time couldn't have been spent on anything more appropriate, more rewarding, or more earnestly filled with love. 'Give time' to those you love, when they need it. It's not easy, and it's usually not convenient, but it's a gift you will all appreciate and truly cherish.

Taking care of ourselves is imperative. Plan to 'take time out' for the one thing that is proven to energize your body and revive your spirit. Exercise.

The studies are endless and cannot be denied … exercise is key to wellness. Be Well Fitness & Rehab is a small, locally-owned studio in the Crescent Hill neighborhood that I discovered through a friend. 'Be Well' offers strength training, core fitness with intermittent cardio activity, and yoga in a small class setting that is both intimate and intense. An Occupational Therapist and a Certified Massage Therapist are on staff, as well. The level of expertise and services at this facility is unparalleled. You might want to give it some thought, but you should definitely 'take time out' to take care of you.

Time, attention, patience and thoughtfulness are gifts we can easily give. We just have to make it happen.

Contributed by Amy Holley of HolleyWrap, Louisville's Premier Gifting Service.


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