I have probably mentioned before that I don’t wear a watch. Haven’t worn one for years. This morning I find myself checking the time on the computer every ten minutes to make sure that I’m still on schedule. Lol Don’t want to be late for work! And I’ve already gotten a reminder that we are having assembly this morning. That should get us off to a good start.
It was interesting to watch all the “year in review” reports and programs this weekend. We quickly forget most of what happens in our lives each year. At least I forget! We watched that show about the people with perfect biographical memory and I wasn’t quite sure if I was impressed or appalled. Imagine recalling every single moment of your life- good, bad, or indifferent! I think I like having an average memory.
Anyway, I was thinking yesterday about all the little things that create change in our life. Certainly the “big events” create crisis and chaos and change. But often little things cause a chain reaction that goes unnoticed until the result is profound. My own life is filled with examples of little changes that have made a big impact.
When I stopped wearing a watch I stopped being so concerned about minutes and started thinking in larger blocks of time and also started trusting my instincts. I can usually sense, within five minutes, when it is time for us to end our recess and go back inside. My arm also stopped breaking out in a rash every spring. And I’ve saved money on watches and batteries.
I no longer drink soda, which means I don’t stop at the convenience store on my way home, and that means I save money and time and calories.
Just before the break I changed three things on my desk that changed the way I do my daily planning, that changed the amount of time I spend on searching for files… I’m not sure what the results will ultimately be in a few months.
My toaster oven broke and I chose not to replace it. As a result I’m no longer eating as much bread or butter. More calories saved.
I didn’t enjoy walking very much until I started taking the camera with me. Now I walk nearly every day and even though I don’t always take photographs, the anticipation of doing so gets me out of the house. I don’t think “I’m getting fresh air and exercise”, but that is the result.
My point is that I intend to make some tiny changes here and there that I hope will result in bigger changes and that by the time we get to this point in 2012 the results will be evident.
BTW, did you notice the MSN article about creating new uses for old things?? Brilliant minds think alike. Lol
Off to school…have a great day!