20 February 2011 in

Time: How Are You Spending Yours?

FEBRUARY 20, 2011

Denis Waitely wisely said:  “time is an equal opportunity employer.  Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day.  Rich people can't buy more hours.  Scientists can't invent new minutes.  And you can't save time to spend it on another day. Even so time is amazingly fair and forgiving.  No matter how much time you've wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.” That is of course assuming that tomorrow will come.
A lot of us, me included, take time for granted. We assume that there is so much of it left. Time is one of those things we rarely appreciate, frequently waste and almost always overestimate. What makes time so important in each of our lives is that once it passes we can’t get it back. That’s a fundamental truth which can't be argued with – unless you’ve invented a time machine and still haven’t told anyone about it. If that’s the case, you’re just selfish.
In its simplest form, time is a finite resource which comes to each of us for free – yet the way it is spent dictates the outcome of our lives. How we spend our time specifies the knowledge we gain, the love we share, the hurt we endure and the opportunities accessible to us. Because of that, we are very possessive of time, it’s OURS!
I always get a kick out of people who have all these grandiose plans for the distant future yet have no idea what they are having for lunch. I understand and fully support goals, determination and the drive to better yourself and your life. What I have a problem with is a rigid road map which doesn’t allow for any change in circumstance. Is it even possible to survive life that way without a heart attack or sheer and utter disappointment? Unless of course you’re rigid plan looks a little something like this:

Let’s take an hour for example. In my own personal experience I have come across an hour which has changed my life, sometimes for the better other times for the worse. I have also come across an hour which has entirely changed my mind and the way I feel. I have come across an hour of unsurpassed pleasure and an hour of unbearable pain. I have come across an hour which has made me gain a friend or lose one. I’ve had an hour which took me from one place to another. I’ve wasted an hour, I have danced and laughed one away as well. Somewhere in there is an hour I can't even remember. All of the events packed into all of those hours make me the individual I am today; all of the hours to come will make me one that’s different in the future.
Of course it’s possible to have a general idea of where you want your life to be twenty-five years from now. But is it actually possible to plan for it and stick to that plan, without missing out on the rest of your life? Time doesn’t stop; because of that it is constantly changing the world around us and our reaction to it. I believe that we are the makers of our destiny. I just don’t know if it’s worth it to relentlessly plan that destiny five years at a time.
Why don’t we want to live in the world we created right now? If we are constantly moving towards the goals we set out for ourselves, is it not important to stop and enjoy them for just a little while?  My point is, live in the future when it arrives! Instead of embracing the next year, embrace the next hour. It can be wasted or it can change your life. Whatever you do, spend it wisely and put more thought into what's right in front of you right now, not something you're not sure you're going to get.

the outspoken introvert

9 Comments So Far:

  1. Wow. I love this post. I have wasted so much time in the last few years, and it has had dire consequences. I have no discipline, and I realize that if I don't develop some, I'm going to fall into a hole I can't dig myself out of. Still, where there is life, there is hope. I have big changes coming up in my life, brought on my my procrastination and wasted years, and I'm determined to make it the best thing that has ever happened to me...my wake up call, so to speak. I went out today and really enjoyed this nice weather we are having. Took a long walk this morning, and thought of many things. Thanks for turning me on to your blog!

  2. There is no shame in wasted time, we have all done it. Sometimes "wasted" time is enjoyable, and if that's the case, can it really be considered wasted? What's important is the evaluation of something we see as a problem, followed by an effort to change the course of our actions.

    I really appreciate the kind words, and I'm glad you enjoyed reading the post :)

  3. Wasted time can be in enjoyable, however I always try to come up with clear goals for the long term future and try to achieve them.

  4. I agree. Goal setting is important, it's what keeps us moving forward with a sense of purpose.

  5. Nice post! I always wish I can multiply time because at this time of my life I don't have enough of it everyday.
    Looking forward for more of your posts. I'm your new follower. :)Hope you could come by my blog too.


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