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The September 1 Hour Challenge

hourA quick web search shows the myriad wonders that you can accomplish in one hour. You could Stop Smoking! The cooks could make mozzarella cheese or even whip up a yummy Shabbat! The handy folk could build a decorative wall shelf or get a home inspection. The musically uncoordinated could Learn to Play Guitar.

There are so many things we can do in one hour that I could easily spend an hour listing them and still not even be close to telling you about all of them. Instead, I’m going to suggest taking the control back from those twenty-four thieves that steal from you every day.

In one hour, the sun produces 15 billion metric tons of energy.

Starting today, make a pact with yourself that for one hour a day, every day in the month of September you will do something specifically for yourself. It doesn’t have to be productive all the time, but I don’t advocate using your seven weekly hours to sit on the couch watching television or to sleep – at least not the entire hour every day. If that’s what you want to do though, do it with all you’ve got.

Start planning for it today. That gives you plenty of time to make it a reality. Two days worth of warning to those around you that you are making this time your own.

I encourage you to experiment with your hour. Maybe one week you could write for an hour every day. Another week you could read something entirely new. Another week you could spend one hour every day talking or otherwise communicating with your friends. Or volunteering, exercising, learning a new language or cross stitching. Work in your garden or hold your family.

That’s the September 1 Hour Challenge. 30 Days, 30 hours worth of time that is devoted completely to yourself.  This isn’t about being selfish, it’s about pausing long enough to recognize that if you don’t take care of yourself you can’t take care of anyone else.

Here’s to an amazing September!  Please comment to let us know that you’re taking the challenge and be sure to share this with your friends and loved ones.

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