take it from the Dalai Lama

I’ve read that the Dalai Lama is very mindful of the importance of keeping a sensible pace so he can live in the spirit of love every day. One time a reporter asked him how he remains so calm, so grounded, and so loving when his life can be so stressful and demanding.

He paused, gave the question some serious thought, and then answered, “I leave early for appointments.” 

I saw it in a random post a while ago. Unfortunately I could not find the original article, so I’m not sure whether it’s even a real quote.

The idea is true, though. The benefits of leaving early, showing up with time to spare, always planning on those extra ten minutes are huge.

In regards to being calm, relaxed and focused it’s a lot better than getting massages, acupuncture, taking supplements, and going on vacations. Additionally, if you show up early for appointments, you can get a lot more out of the appointment itself. In my case, my clients get a better and often longer session if they’re early.

I could go on here–I have a lot of examples where being early gave me an unexpected benefit. But I’d rather read your examples, your stories. How do you get “more” just by leaving early for appointments?

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