What if Time Without Work was a Gift?

What if this time without work was a gift; not a sign of failure; not a source of anxiety? What if I KNEW that I would have an income again in four to six months; how would I spend this time? Would I travel, take a course, take an exercise class, volunteer? How would I spend my time if I were not worried about finding work and making an income? Would I meditate daily, pull out my paints, fix up the house, catch up with old friends? I am not sure.

A friend has challenged me to see this time without an income as a gift. She has encouraged me to use the time for pleasure and inspiration; not to waste it obsessing over job sites. She has suggested that I live my life with the belief that there will be paying work in four months. So, the question is: “What have I always wanted to do that I have not had time to do?” So, I am giving my Self permission to dream….and see what comes to the surface.

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About kp

I am a woman and a mother, a sister and a wife. I have called myself a socialist and a feminist, an environmentalist and an activist, a pagan and an atheist. But, at this stage in my life, none of these labels feel right. I am searching; trying to find an inner calm; trying to make peace with life's disappointments; trying to answer the big questions in my own small life.
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8 Responses to What if Time Without Work was a Gift?

  1. The best thing about your friend’s wise advice is that inspiration comes when we’re giving of ourselves, having fun being creative, or feeling quiet and at peace. I often–still, after 15 years!–feel pressure to produce–it’s like a habit I don’t want to let go of. But that pressure is a trap and by observing it and letting it go, I’m spending less time there. We know what we have to do! :)

  2. bjas says:

    I love this post and really do believe that you have been given a gift, a wonderful gift. In my own life, I am struggling to find time in the days to do all that I need to do, including working full time and family life (which suffers), and of course health (which seems to fall apart when there is too much to do). So, take this time to be healthy and enjoy having time on your side. The universe will deliver what you need next. Be ready and be rested and be well!

    • kp says:

      Thank-you for this….It is a struggle to trust that things are going to work out but I appreciate the encouragement. I know that there have been so many times in my life when I have felt starved for time for myself. I will remind myself of that the next time I fixate on the job ads!!

  3. jazzminey says:

    Excellent advice and that is certainly the trick for whatever difficulty one is going through. I think the thing is to know it is coming, believe that you asked and the universe answered and it is on its way. Yes, of course you need to still look and open any and all doors but relaxing into and believing it is one its way is the trick. Janice

    • kp says:

      Janice…It is a fine balance isn’t it; knowing when to wait and receive and knowing when to act. I have always been pretty good on the acting side; it is the sitting and waiting that I find hard to do. In part, because it does require trusting that things will work out. Thanks for the on-going encouragement!! KP

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