Time is a funny thing, isn’t it?
As the days march on, it seems like there’s never enough to accomplish everything---too many things to get done around the house, too many people to please, too many tasks to cross off my to-do list. And at other moments, we have an excess of time---too many days left until a wedding or fun event, too many minutes until the work day is done, too many hours until the weekend.
But how often do we consider exactly how we’re spending our time?
Sitting in yoga class on Sunday afternoon, our instructor said something that struck me. As we were preparing for practice, she calmly said, “There are 24 hours in a day. 23 hours of today you will likely spend on someone else or some other thing. But this one hour today, is for you. Make it about you.”
As I sat there in the quiet darkness of that room, I felt a sudden sense of guilt. There are so many hours in a day---how many of them do I waste?
Time spent with my family is never wasted. But what about the hour (or more) I spend on Facebook each day? Or the hours spent every day worrying about something that will likely never happen? Even when I’m doing something for myself, like reading a book or exercising, how much time and mental energy do I waste thinking about something else instead of focusing?
We need to reclaim our time. The hours and seconds of our lives are our most precious resource, and it’s time to start paying attention to how we invest those resources.
With so many things that happen in our daily lives that require our attention, there’s no sense in wasting breath on anything that doesn’t deserve it.
There’s no time for guilt about doing things that benefit you and make your soul happy. There’s no time for watching the clock of my life tick away while I mindlessly scroll through my news feed for the fourth time today. There’s no time to devote energy on people who make you unhappy.
There’s no time for anything but happiness and self-growth.
I’ve discussed how being present is a continual problem for me and an area on which I need to focus. The two missions are one and the same. Being present and mindful in your own life means that you no longer live your days as a passenger, but rather as the driver.
Spend your time on what fuels your soul. Eliminate the things that don’t.
And above all else, remember that we only die once, but we live everyday. Make sure your days are spent doing exactly that...living.
Writer, editor, and storyteller living in the Twin Cities.