Daylight Saving Time began for some of us this past Sunday, which means what we lost on the clock, we gained in evening sunlight.
On social media, you've likely witnessed a mix of groans and cheers.
(And sometimes a groan followed by a cheer from the same person: "Not a fan of leaving for work while it's still dark outside" in your morning feed, and "DST perk: It's still light out when I get home at the end of the day!" in your evening feed.)
You've seen parents post pictures of diaper-clad children, writhing on the floor, wailing, with captions that read: "If anyone doubts the effects of DST on kids and how hard it is for parents: Here. Is. Proof."
You've seen young professionals post selfies from office desks, their mouths obscured by giant mugs, with captions that read: "Today is definitely a multiple-cups-of-coffee kinda day."
What we're all observing, but not necessarily giving voice to is this:
Transition is upon us.
The season is changing, our environment is changing, our relationship to sunrise and sunset is changing, our energy level is changing.
And although these are all cyclical changes—we've seen them before and we'll see them again—we're invited to pay attention to our lives each time we notice what feels different.
Paying attention to our lives is what slows everything down.
It's less about the hour of sleep we lost...
Or the hour of daylight we gained...
And more about the fact that we are alive, right now, in a changing world—and we aren't numb to that.
Daylight Saving Time, then, is a reminder that we want to have meaningful goals, we want to be engaged in the experience of living, and we want to spend our time here intentionally.
If you don't like how you used your time from January to now, make a change. This season of transition supports new ways of doing and being in the world.
If you were buzzing right along, working the calendar like a first-quarter ninja, and this transition is throwing you for a loop, adjust accordingly. Within this season, there's room to take your time, not just manage it.
Do you want some help figuring out how to seize your days (or even figuring out what you want to seize them for)?
I can help with that.