My journal entries this week included running, studying, time with family, time at work, time in bed, eating and meditating.
The journal entries also have a 'quality measure'. The dietician and I were working on material from 10 years ago (gasp) and we went through the triathlon training journal I had. It was inspiring and amazing and a life ago and emotional.
I went for a run? Great- distance, time, heart rate. But what was the quality? Did you find a good balance of fun and effective?
I studied? But what was the quality? Did you find a good balance of learning and useful?
Time with family? But what was the quality? Did you have the phone turned off and were mindful and present?
You were at work? But what was the quality? Did you rush and make mistakes or tolerate slow to achieve quality?
You ate your new focussed diet of blended tofu and apple? Great! But what was the quality? Did you find a good balance of healthy and fulfilling? Did you go hungry or get tired from too much or not enough?
I will continue to focus on the quality. And also, time spent- did the time spent meet my needs/ wants/ expectations? How long can we go without distraction?
There is enough time for the important things and an approach rich in quality and deliberate mindfulness.
Dieter Wentzel, CPHR