by Margaret Evans, Director of Lifespan Learning

The work of doing is just that: work. So, we often balk at the idea of added work in our lives. We complain about our busy schedules and tired feet and yet, ironically, we tend to lend ourselves to ‘busyness’ as a tool for distraction. It is easier to fill our time with tasks than to spend centred time collecting our thoughts to engage with our emotions on a deeper level.

Teaching children about paradoxes of ‘doing’ is important. Create sacred space in your home with your children or other family members and ask your family to engage with why they choose to accomplish, ignore or procrastinate certain tasks. When we are in touch with why we do what we do, it may increase our productivity and lead to better outcomes by offering meaning to our actions.