Wearing a watch stopped making sense to me 10 or more years ago. Tell me if you can relate to the following scenario?
My mobile phone became the best, most accurate way to keep time. As mobile phones got smarter, my phone began to remind me where and when I needed to be. It was brilliant and simple.
My watch felt redundant, and began to feel restrictive. I didn't like watching minutes inexplicably escape faster than everything else that needed attention. I decided to ditch that constant reminder on my wrist and it felt great! I know I'm not the only one who tucked their time piece away in a drawer in favor of a little more sanity. Maybe you did too.
Over the last decade, I appreciated the mental freedom of that choice many, many times. Then New Years 2016 happened.
We got to start a new tradition this year and gathered around the big glass table to create goals and share how we could best support each other in the coming year. We rifled through stacks of magazines pulling photos and words that inspired us as we looked inward and contemplated what should take priority in the coming months.
We giggled, sharing each others' nervousness with this new activity as we put goals out on the table for support and input. It was powerful as we saw each other both in that moment around the table together and in the visions we were creating for each of our futures.
It was interesting to see how the pictures and words fit with the feelings and emotions we aspired to expand in the coming months. We acknowledged the focus, the stretch, the freedom, the joy, the connection and the discipline it would take to get there. The process was fun. It was peaceful and more than a little vulnerable as we openly marveled at how the others' pictures and words spoke to each of us as well.
There were beautifully muscled bodies, handsome beards, hot technology, fancy and hard working vehicles and heavenly boats among the many inspiring words drawn from beautiful pages and creative headlines.
There were also quite a few sparkling time pieces that we cut out and admired. For some reason we pushed them around the table, passing them over in favor of other images that spoke more directly to our plans.
And this is where it got real.
My son, who smiles easily and is great at sliding you a look or a play on words to lighten up any situation, laid out a very powerful insight on why these collectors quality timepieces absolutely belonged in the mix.
He pointed out that these sparkling, beautifully crafted art pieces showcase that time is our most precious commodity. They remind him to spend every moment moving forward and being his very best self because every single moment is precious. He looked over the table with our piles of ideas and goals and observed how powerful a constant choice to create time to become these amazing versions of ourselves will be to our collective success.
And there it was - I don't think I will EVER lose sight of it again. Whether or not we wear a watch, we get to choose to invest our precious time being the best versions of ourselves to give more to our families, our communities and our businesses. A bold statement reminding me to spend time where it's most important and appreciate every single choice absolutely belonged in this vision for my life, and perhaps on my wrist.
Now you too get to savor this "Couture quality inspiration" every time you glance at the time. Perhaps put on that watch, what ever keeps you thinking about what's most important.. Why waste a single second on fear or playing small? Your moments are much too precious!