A few months after I retired I was talking to a former colleague and I mentioned that I was enjoying doing some of the things I used to consider chores that just needed to be done. I’d stopped wearing a watch and didn’t worry about the time. Things took as long as they took and I was relaxed about it. I had the impression I was moving more slowly through time, although time itself seemed to be passing more quickly.
“It’s better”, he said “when the enjoyment is in spending the time and not merely in the final outcome because then no time is wasted. It’s difficult to achieve at work when everything is driven by metrics.”
I hadn’t thought of it before, but he was right and I think it is the key to relaxing and building the strength to cope with the state of the world. My short cut to this more relaxed state is vegetable gardening and the connection it brings with the natural rhythms of the world. A gardening cliche, I know, and one I used to scoff at. But as they say there are none so keen as converts, and I’m one and I’m trying to share my enjoyment through my blogs.