It doesn't have to be a long period of time...but devoting some time each day to something you love, even if it's just 15 minutes, has been shown to have a beneficial effect on one's health and mental outlook. Who doesn't have 15 minutes they can squeeze out of the twenty-four hours in a day to spend on something fun?
I know, I know...at times my life seems filled to the overflow with an abundance of little 15-minute squeezed-out time segments of things I want or need to do , so much so that I feel like I never get anything really accomplished. I will always have more items on my to-do list than time to accomplish them all. But taking a short knitting break at least once a day motivates me to keep making the effort!
There are still some days when I just can't seem to fit that fifteen minutes to knit in anywhere, and to keep myself from becoming frustrated and angry, I hold those minutes in reserve for my next day off, and I catch up then. Knowing that I will have that joy sometime soon eases the frustration as well as gives me an extra something to look forward to.
The one non-negotiable time segment in my day, holding precedence even over the hours I have to spend at work, is what I call my Devotional Hour of Power. I simply have to have sixty minutes (four time-segments, lol!) of solitary time to drink coffee, think good thoughts and talk to the Lord. And it's important to me to do it first thing each day. Unlike the minutes devoted to knitting that I can hold in reserve, my day is simply messed up if I don't start it out right, and there's no catching up on that missed opportunity at a later time. Occasionally I am scheduled an early shift at work, and I've found out that I'd rather get up in what seems like the middle of the night to get that time in than sleep a little later and go to work without it. One morning recently as I sat down at the table I looked for the little leaf coaster (see the previous story, Falling LEAVES) that stays there to set my steaming mug of coffee on. I found it turned upside down and tucked under some table clutter nearby. As I grabbed it, flipped it over and arranged it properly under my cup, I laughed to think that that's what God does to me in our time together - He turns me right side up and pointed in the right direction for the day ahead.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
(Romans 12:2 NKJV)