When you are organized from within, you are allowing your central nervous system and all your interior functions (even the things we call spiritual) to operate at an efficient level. Gregge Tiffen (Deeds Are Fruit, Words Are Leaves – October, 2008)
As I garner more years under my belt, efficient operation becomes more and more important to me. The cost of inefficiency is simply too high. Efficient operation can’t co-exist with chaos. Awareness is required and adjustments need to follow.
In a world that seems to become more chaotic daily, initiating my day from a calm, grounded place sets the stage for efficiency. To do so requires me to give myself plenty of time each morning for reading, writing and reflection before I plunge into my day. When I fail to do so, I find that I’m unfocussed and accomplish little despite lots of action.
Cool Hand Luke, who, when getting up, always stretches always stretches before he moves into action, reminds me to give myself this time and to take breaks during the day to check in and make adjustments.
When I’m in the midst of busy-ness or chaotic, stressful events, taking time to organize from within is even more critical. It’s also more challenging as thoughts about the event and other players easily dominate my awareness unless I use discipline and strength to put them aside.
That’s a difficult task, requiring awareness and commitment to reach a calm, grounded place before jumping into action (or, more accurately when I fail to take time, costly reaction). Yet it is just that commitment to organize from within that brings clarity to what my right action is, while remembering that my right action may not be what’s right for another.
Operating efficiently is critical to my well-being – my health, my wealth, my happiness, and the quality of life itself. With that commitment, it’s easy to make choices, to discern what activities and events I will participate in and which ones will be left behind.
Is efficient operation important to you? How do you maintain it?