The Gift of Time

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks hasn’t it?

“No sh*t Sherlock!”

Suddenly, the world as we know it has ceased to exist. For many of us  our routine was:

Go to work

Go to the gym

Go on holiday

Go out with friends

Catch up with kids/parents

Oh how that has changed! Suddenly our comfort zone has gone and our new comfort zone is – well, discomfort! Every evening comes a new update, with many of us plunged into fear for our health and financial stability.

I am finding the pendulum of emotions swinging wild and free:

Tears for the family members I’m not seeing

Gratitude for a government stepping up

Unease as every in person booking got swiped off our order book in a flash

Gratitude for the flexible business we have that can pivot onto online in a heartbeat

‘Mild concern’ that the lack of toilet rolls and paracetamol may continue as our resources run low…

Most of all though there has been immense gratitude and pride at the awesome people stepping up, from Government to our amazing health services. From care home staff, to an army of volunteers, as well as our awesome business community. Everyone (mostly!) is pulling out the stops to make sure we’re all safe and cared for.

And this other thing we have been gifted: time!


Time – to get up in the morning without the beep of an alarm and a countdown before I need to leave the house.

Time – to plan my day, go for a walk (that was with a friend and now solo, but we can still ring each other right?)

Time – to plan and buy wholesome food to eat, rather than hopping from meeting to coffee shop and grabbing anything to hand.

Time – to ring my family, catch up with friends.

Time – to talk to my husband about life, rather than the few sentences at the end of a very long day.

Busy, Busy, Busy

So we have been gifted time. I don’t know how many times of late I have exclaimed, “Busy!” when people ask how I am. I have quickly added, “Good Busy!” as I am blessed to live the life I do. I spent many years crafting my life to the way it is now. I’ve improved my health, relationships, my business, my fitness…and as I turned 50 last month was pretty darned happy with the status quo.

But right now my office is peaceful. I can watch the sun setting and still hear the birds. There are no cars: no commuters rumbling home. I have been out for fresh air, I have eaten good food.

And I am not ignoring the massive elephant here that has us in lockdown and could affect the health of myself or those I love at any time.

But this oasis of time is a gift.

A real gift.

Not to be squandered.


Talk. Enquire. Explore. Deliberate. Pontificat. Theorise. Fantasise. Plan. Create. Dream. Visualise.

Spend time finding out who your children are. What are they thinking? What are their dreams? What do they do for fun?

Spend time with your parents. What are they finding out about themselves? About each other? About life?

Talk to your partner – how is your relationship? Have you been running around and not getting that precious time together? What would good look like?

Because one day soon this virus will go.



One day soon we’ll be able to nip out for a double shot, skinny, soya, mightily hot cappuccino.

One day soon we’ll be able to ramp up our activities…

What we learn in this gift of time will be how we build a wiser, better life.



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About The Author

Nicky Marshall

Nicky is an international, award winning author and speaker and owner of three companies. Nicky has a background as a Management Accountant but has been running businesses since 2006. Nicky is a wellbeing advocate, passionate to show that people are amazing and capable of great success - when they have the right techniques and enough energy! After suffering a stroke at 40 and fully recovering, Nicky is on a mission to change the wellbeing of the world - one person at a time.