Fred took up golf at 50. No, golf took up Fred! He enjoyed the technique, the practice, the experience of play, and the philosophy. He thought through the principles thoroughly. In his later years when he was immobilized he would dream about playing. He watched hours of the Golf Channel and often commented on how much better he would play with all this added knowledge. Thinking time was key to Fred’s doing time.
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I guard two things: savings and time alone. I simply must have two days every so often to talk with nobody. Otherwise, I can’t stay in control of myself.
I look forward to car time by myself. In my opinion, too many people drive along looking around, listening to music or tapes, complaining about other drivers, talking on their phones, or becoming distracted. They never stop to think of the car as a monastery, a marvelous cocoon, or a holy cave. But I do.
Another time out is spent with key people. This is strategic for healthy living. The other day I received a call from someone inviting me to speak at a Christian convention. I answered, “I am sorry, but Mary Alice and I have those days marked off for a golfing trip to Colorado.” There was a strange silence on the other end. I am sure he was evaluating my sanctification, maybe even my sanity!
So, I said, “There are four couples going and the other three wouldn’t have anybody to beat if I didn’t go, so I consider it part of my ministry.” Of course, I was being a little facetious, but not much.
People lose sight of the fact relaxation is part of the foundation of one’s contribution. How can you truly accomplish and fulfill your usefulness without refreshment, reflection, and renewal? Hitting the little ball around makes me more helpful to others. Spending time with Mary Alice and very special friends keeps me focused on what’s important.
Asking for help is part of a time out. Being busy is often a cover-up for insecurity. Delegating, asking for help, and stepping away momentarily are signs of maturity. I like to say I enjoy the fast track, but never the frantic track. Thinking no one else can do it only weakens me and my organization. Time out is good for everybody.
Think about: 1) Where am I allowing fast track to? 2) How do I regain control of my life? 3) What is the ideal time out for me?
Words of Wisdom: “I like to say I enjoy the fast track, but never the frantic track.”
Wisdom from the Word: “Brothers and sisters, do not be children in your thinking. Instead, be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.” (1 Corinthians 14:20 NET Bible______________________
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