Where Have All the Margins Gone?

Dr. Richard A. Swenson, M.D., in his book Margin:  Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives says this:

Margin is the space that used to exist between ourselves and our limits.

When asked how they are doing, most people reply with some version of, “So busy I don’t even have time to breathe!”  Sound familiar?

We have become a culture that despises margins.  We value productivity and tend to be more than a little suspicious of those who have time on their hands.  Do you find yourself measuring your worth by how “productive” you are?

Best-selling Author and Life Coach Cheryl Richardson believes the quality of life is enhanced more by what we eliminate than what we add.  What if we weren’t living with every moment of every day planned out?  What if every single day contained some breathing room?

Consider taking 3 baby steps this week to increase the margins in your life:

1.  Drive with the radio off the next time you’re in the car.   Welcome the quiet.

2.  Take a walk with a loved one.  It clears the mind and provides the space to really connect with each other.

3.  Cut out one hour of TV or web browsing and spend that time creating more margins in your life.  What can you live without?

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About djwlifecoach

As a retired board-certified coach, author and Reiki master teacher, I continue to share hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. What's love got to do with minimizing stress and getting unstuck? Everything! My book, "Choose Your Energy: Change Your Life!" (Hay House/Balboa Press 2013) shares my story and the stories of 10 of my clients along with my signature Discovery Framework. During my 30 years as an organization transformation consultant, I served as a senior partner in four of the world's largest, most prestigious global professional services firms. In 2005, I took a five-year sabbatical to find healing and peace because non-stop work had taken its toll. My recovery from burnout, including a sustained 80-pound weight loss and freedom from 10 years of debilitating depression, led to finding my purpose sharing hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. Through healing and self-exploration, I discovered that loving yourself unconditionally is the key to transforming your personal life, your work and the world. With attention and intention, I learned to live in alignment with love through a wealth of energy-shifting tools and techniques that help me reduce stress, anxiety and overwhelm by releasing limiting beliefs, emotions and habits. My books, blog and radio episodes help individuals and organizations harness the transformative energy of love to turn unexplored possibilities into fulfilling realities and step into their greatness. Learn more and access FREE resources at djwlifecoach.blog. For fun, I love singing, reading, sewing, knitting, golfing and movies. I live in Williamsburg, Virginia with my husband, Wilson, and the coaching cats who manage my life—SiddhaLee and Maisy Jane.
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