Prepent Day 15: I’m Late!

Sunday 9/18/16

Elul 15 5776


Dear Dr. C,

Sometimes I feel like the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, running running muttering muttering “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!”

Im sitting in the back of a taxi, stuck in bad traffic, really really late to our scheduled appointment. I’m so sorry. No good excuse. Bad planning on my part. I should have left earlier and allowed for enough time to get there on time and not waste your precious time. Never mind that the clock ticks on every minute of our 50 min. session and this is also a waste of my money.

Better time management, including being more punctual and on time, is one of the things I want to work on this coming year. I’ve been doing ok, what with running around all over town and all, but can and must get better about this. It’s about planning ahead and being a real Mensch about it - more responsible, reliable, considerate of others. Otherwise - we fall into the rabbit hole of endless catch-up. Even Sundays, rest days for so many of us, have become over-programmed. That’s another intention - more time to be, and then to be on time. What specific steps can each of us take today to be better time managers and, while not being Swiss clocks exactly, be perfectly present?

Thank you for patience,

Love,
Amichai


PREPENT: Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie’s annual journey to the new year, with 40 ways in 40 days to reflect, refocus, recharge and restart life. This year features daily love letters inspired by Lab/Shul’s theme for the High Holy Days, “וְאָהַבְתָּ re:love.”

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