In the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life, it is not uncommon for one to feel as if there are not enough hours in a day. There are those of us who are master multi-taskers who eat carpe’ diem for breakfast and dodge lemons at lunch. Then, there are those who can’t seem to do enough without feeling unaccomplished. Well, let’s put our time on a scale and instead of weighing it in pounds, let’s try value. Of course, the level of importance differs per person but it should be a fairly easy to transpose.
I can recall my childhood days of countless chores, tedious tasks and the ever-present feeling of responsibility. Being the only child, it was always “Brandon, this needs to be done … and when you’re finished, this too!” I felt as though there were all of these steps involved in doing everything and there would never come an end to the madness.
With my Grandmother, there was a whole world to explore in the kitchen. From her baking, to creating delicacies on the gas stove, there was always more in preparing them than consuming. She taught me how to raise hens and it was around-the-clock work to attend to them. The appreciation was felt in its entirety at supper time.
With my Grandfather, it was a world of work just waiting to be discovered. He was quite the craftsman and could build anything. He was also a “habitualist”. Everything had its time, place and purpose. At the age of 7, I could not fully understand why on Fridays I HAD to have the lawns free of brush and pine cones before late evening. Or why on Saturday evenings, after we’d carefully manicured the same lawns from the night before, our “dinner and a movie” was polishing shoes and reading the Sunday School lesson for the day of worship ahead.
As the years progressed, it began to make a little more sense. My grandparents were instilling value that would my journey through life worth-filled and effective. With enough practice, it might even flow gracefully.
I’s almost second nature to go about most of my day exercising as many skills and talents as possible. Lately, no day has been typical or unfulfilled because of time well-spent. I encourage all to take a good look at your daily endeavors and find a formula that works best for you. Hopefully, the benefit gained will become your peace of mind.
Brandon A. Hosley is a wardrobe consultant and stylist in Albany. He can reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.