Monday, September 17, 2007

What was your time?

Unsure why people's first rection to news someone has comlpeted an event is what was your time, but it reinforces the dangerous principle of outcome over journey.

Sometimes, it's nto about 'the time' and although we are conditioned to 'do better than last time', 'beat our old scores' and continually better ourselves, it doens't have to come at the expense of the overall experince.

It took me a long time to come to this realization. Typical AAA type, I would only venture into an event for the prupose of bettering my time. It became all about me. If I didn't i was grouchy, made excuses or trashed the event. Having ventured into so many events with the explcit purpose of seeing other people through, I was comfortable enough to realize it wasn't an illness - rather a quirk. A quirk I needed to fix.

One year, I took the entire year off of "sanctioned events" and participated in hikes, rides, outings and things that didn't have a time associated with them. I participated with my spouse, my kids and my friends and found I enjoyed those experiences at a disproportionate level than the timed ones.

Now, don't get me wrong, I do like the element of betterment and fulfillment, what I am suggesting is that a balance of both is very very rewarding.

If you are an A or AA or maybe even AAA try to find a way to experience things that force you to look 360 instead of 180. Chances are you will be surprised at what you see, which you may not have before.

Have a great time... by not paying attention to time.

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