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The unexpected challenge of spare time

June 9, 2020

The coronavirus has provided an unanticipated opportunity for many of us to rethink our priorities. We always find time for the things that are important to us. This is from an article I wrote recently for Christian Today:

I read this on the internet where it was posted anonymously. “After years of wanting to thoroughly clean my house but lacking the time, this week I discovered that wasn’t the reason.”

If you are like me and aren’t working/studying or caring for children/vulnerable adults, the coronavirus has given us the blessing of spare time. Yet, there are many jobs like, thoroughly cleaning our houses, that still won’t get finished because it was never the lack of time that was stopping us.

On several occasions when we’ve moved so my husband could take up a new pastoral appointment, I’ve had to wait before being able to secure a suitable job. Unexpectedly, I found it a challenge to have spare time. It wasn’t easy to be unemployed. I had to learn to eliminate some phrases from my conversation like, “I haven’t got time” and “I’m too busy,” which made me realise how easily those phrases flow off my tongue. It was an interesting learning curve.

To read the rest of the article, click here.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

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