When we were at Alt Summit, Sarah Michelle Gellar (yes, Buffy!) gave a keynote speech. One of the things she said struck me, “It can often be more important what you don’t do than what you do.” Such an interesting concept. Most of us, including myself, focus on what we do and try to pack as much into what we attempt to do. But what if it’s more telling what we don’t do?
For example, we don’t use our phones at the dinner table. That sets boundaries in our house that family time is important. It isn’t ok to be distracted and not be present at our dinner table. Family is important. At our house, we also don’t get mad about accidents. And there are all kinds of accidents at our house – potty accidents, broken things accidents, cups spilled accidents. But if it’s truly an accident, we don’t get mad. We learn from our accidents about what we could do better.
I also think that this concept applies to how you manage your time. It probably is more important what you don’t choose to do than what you do. If you didn’t spend time on Facebook or watch TV, you may have time for more important things like reading or spending time with your family or painting or whatever activity you wish you had more time for.
This is something that I’m pondering. What things do I NOT do in order to do more of what is important?
How do you see this in your own life? Please share in the comments!
Let’s lift each other up!