Over the last few days I’ve been feeling more and more relaxed as I realize how much my kids will be gone this summer and how much time I will have to myself!
My older daughter Tyla will be in Puerto Rico for June, my wife MaryAnne is taking my younger daughter Ava and meeting Tyla out there for 10 days at the end of the month and my son John David will be at a day camp for two weeks. Then we cap it all off with a trip to Mexico.
I love my kids and when they’re gone I will miss them, however I will appreciate the break from all the action.
As was thinking about how this next month is going to be much, much quieter than usual and how great that is going to be, I realized how important it is to have time for yourself.
I used to have an hour everyday that was MINE. I think Tony Robbins used to call it your “hour of power”. Sometimes I’d have to wake up early, sometimes it was while the kids were napping, sometimes after they’d gone to bed, but everyday I found an hour. It was mine and I did with it whatever I wanted.
I could nap, brainstorm, read, workout, write, meditate, or even just sit and do nothing. The point is that it helped balance things out given the chaos going on around me and I wasn’t getting excited for when my kids would leave.
I could actually be present with my kids when I was with them because I wasn’t thinking about 20 other things I could or should be doing while I was trying to spend time playing with them.
I am reinstating my “hour of power” right now and I suggest you do the same if you don’t have something like this in place already. If you absolutely can’t find an hour, then start with 15 minutes and work your way up.
You’ll be glad you did!
About the Author:
Mr. Karstadt is the founder of 1 TKD Consulting and owns the longest running ITF Taekwon-Do school in Arizona, Karstadt Taekwon-Do in Phoenix, AZ with his father Master David Karstadt. He has been training since 1984, earned his Black Belt at the age of 8 and is currently an internationally renown intstructor teaching the culture, discipline, leadership and business skills of Taekwon-Do in classes and seminars to Instructors around the world. He has been a member of eight U.S. Taekwon-Do Teams and has traveled to 14 different countries competing in Taekwon-Do. He has won numerous medals at the World Championships and in international competition, most notably winning the 2004 World Championships in South Korea with two gold medals and the Men’s Team All Around Trophy. Mr. Karstadt currently resides in uptown Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and three children. Mr. Karstadt can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org