When you have a spare moment…

When you have a spare moment...

Things to check off your list in the midst of running your fabulous life-giving business.


Go for a walk, if it is not too dark.
Get some fresh air, try to smile.
Say something kind
To a safe-looking stranger, if one happens by.
Always exercise your heart’s knowing.
You might as well attempt something real
Along this path:

Take your spouse or lover into your arms
The way you did when you first met.
Let tenderness pour from your eyes
The way the Sun gazes warmly on the earth.
Play a game with some children.
Extend yourself to a friend.
Sing a few ribald songs to your pets and plants—
Why not let them get drunk and wild! Let’s toast
Every rung we’ve climbed on Evolution’s ladder.
Whisper, “I love you! I love you!”
To the whole mad world.
Let’s stop reading about God— We will never understand Him.
Jump to your feet, wave your fists,
Threaten and warn the whole Universe
That your heart can no longer live
Without real love!
~ Poem by Hafiz, 14th century Persian poet

Not long ago I had a nose-down, wildly productive week in my business. Writing, talking, meeting, brainstorming, number crunching, thinking (always), finessing, dreaming… I even managed to get personal to-do’s checked off my list, like replacing the muffler and tires on my car. (Amazing!)  I felt great having accomplished everything on my mental list, plus some.

Until I hit the weekend depleted and running on empty, despite my good work and getting plenty of sleep. That night I read the above poem by Hafiz, and it suddenly occurred to me, the one thing I had forgotten to do:

I forgot about the life part.

Business is not the stuff of life. Life is the stuff of life. Business, and work — even good work you enjoy — is only part of the whole.

Get some fresh air. Say something kind. Reach out to a friend, or a play a game with your kids. And singing a ribald song to your plants?? How fun does that sound!

So many options to take a spare minute, and… enjoy.

Question: What’s on your list of spare-moment enjoyments? 

Option: Do one right now 🙂

Photo of Summer Burial by Jason Lujan / MoCNA exhibition 2013

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