So what, you may ask, could be more important that blogging on a Friday morning? Here are just a few of the items that I chose to focus on last Friday rather than blog:
- Preparation - I had a talk to give at 8:00 that morning, so I spent the first hour of the day finalizing the slides and going over my talk several times. This was a very important talk to our faculty and staff, so taking the time to PREPARE was more important than blogging on a Friday morning.
- Planning - I have several trips coming up and had to get flights and hotel rooms booked ahead of time. It seemed important to me to feel that I had the details in place for future events rather than blog, so I chose to PLAN rather than write.
- People - there were several colleagues with whom I had to catch up. The visits to different offices were needed to gather information from and share information with others. It seemed important that I connect with PEOPLE, so I chose not to write the Friday morning blog.
- Relaxing - I thought I might get to write later in the day, but I had an afternoon appointment with a friend with whom I spent time on the patio and enjoyed good conversation. We have a standing appointment once every six months, and I really needed the time to kick back and enjoy the time. It seemed more important to me to RELAX rather than write my Friday morning blog.
As I thought about all the reasons why I did not write my Friday morning blog, it soon became apparent that I had the freedom to CHOOSE whether to write my blog or not - and for that particular Friday I chose not to write but to focus on other matters in my life. Were they all more important than writing the Friday morning blog? Perhaps not...but my choosing them over the writing sent a signal to others (and to myself) that for the moment, these items and people were more important - and that made a significant impact on them (and on me). Understanding the freedom one has to choose what they do (even at times when it might not feel that way) allows us to relax just a little bit more and puts us in charge of our lives..and that can make all the difference in the world.