We live in a world where very little can be cleanly put into one category or another. There are countless shades of grey, definitely more than 50.
Very few things are accepted as universal truths and so many things that we have regarded as fact growing up are now being called into question.
Except for time.
Time is universal. A second spans the same length no matter if you are in New Orleans or Bangladesh. An hour does not count for more or less depending on your race or sexual orientation. And because of this, time is our most precious commodity. Once it is spent, it cannot be gotten back no matter how much money or how many connections you have.
So I wanted to talk briefly about the idea that we shouldn’t find time, we should make it.
If something is important, you don’t find the time to do it. You MAKE the time to, with intention. If working out is important to you, you will make time regularly to go to the gym. You will pack your gym bag the night before. If finishing a book is important to you, you will allocate 15-30 minutes to sit and read a bit more. You’ll leave the book in a prominent place where you see it multiple times a day.
It sounds easy. But what does it mean when you know what you want, but the time still isn’t there? It means you have to ask yourself some questions:
Is this thing actually important to me or do I think it should be important to me?
What is my “why”? Why do I want to accomplish “X”?
Where is my time actually being spent?
A couple things can happen here.
You may discover that what you thought was important, really isn’t. And guess what? THAT’S FINE. But now you have to find out what IS important. You may find out that until you discovered the gritty, true reason for wanting to accomplish something, it was never going to be important. Generally our “why” doesn’t elicit warm and fuzzy feelings, so until you get to the true reason, you may not seem to be able to make yourself find time for things. And sometimes we find out that we are giving away most of our time to things that don’t give anything back. And you may be happy to discover that you are already putting your time into the things that matter, you just didn’t realize they meant so much to you.
As Ferris Bueller so eloquently stated, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile you could miss it.”
I agree with Ferris and I challenge you. I challenge you to slow down and take inventory. Where is your time going? Where do you want it to go? How can you make the most of your time?
As you start to look at your life post-quarantine, does it look the same? Or will you actually make time for some of the small things you’ve enjoyed during this time? A lot of us have said we have enjoyed doing things like getting outside more and that we hope it continues. And it can, but you have to make a choice.
Time can’t be found and, truth be told, it can’t really be made either. It is inevitable. It just is. But you can choose to put your time into what gives you the most joy, into what makes you the best version of yourself. My seconds and your seconds are all the same. So let’s make them count.
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