Then Allen said, “I’ve discovered a way to have a lot more time. In the past, I used to look at my time as if it were divided into several parts. One part I reserved for Joey [son], another part was for Sue [wife], anoher part to help with Ana [daughter], another part for household work. The time left over I considered my own. I could read, write, do research, go for walks.
“But now I try not to divide time into parts anymore. I consider my time with Joey and Sue as my own time. When I help Joey with his homework, I try to find ways of seeing his time as my own time. I go through his lesson with him, sharing his presence and finding ways to be interested in what we do during that time. The time for him becomes my own time. The same with Sue. The remarkable thing is that now I have unlimited time for myself!”
Allen smiled as he spoke.
From “The Miracle of Mindfulness” by Thich Nhat Hanh