This blog post is part of a 15-Day Soulful Prompts for Journaling. I invite you to write down the title on your notepad or typing software and let your soul speak through your fingertips.
Time. The number one asset that we are always complaining about and yet we do so little to manage it the best way we can. How often do we spend time in situations or go over tasks that matter so little to our life’s mission? How much time do we take to think about whether our priorities are set straight or not? Are we clear about what we want to take out from this lifetime? Or are we wasting time, jumping from one distraction to another?
It’s possible to manage time if we change the way we perceive and treat it. If we stop seeing time as a linear resource, in the sense that you only get a certain amount of it each day – and therefore you must do all the things you’ve been told you must – we also stop being run by such scarcity mentality. It’s this sense of scarcity that leads us to behave erratically and mismanage time. Instead of making good use of our skills and ability to organize how we live through the time we have, we give ourselves into the pressure of having to do everything and nothing every day.
Perhaps we should stop talking about time management and focus more on life management. There’s more to life than the concept of time as man has conceived it. Man’s current vision of time implies a beginning and an end, with life being something that happens in between those poles. What if time is infinite, and life endless? What if we are not supposed to be rushing around all the time and instead simply reflect on the quality of our days?
If we think about time and life as infinite, we can take the pressure off our shoulders and change the way we perceive time and life. Instead of thinking about how much more time can we add to a day, we would just evaluate how much more we lived when compared to the previous day. We would stop accumulating days and maybe live a lot more because when we add life to our days we magically expand our notion and perception of time.
So my question is this one: do we really need to think more about how much time do we have in a day or should we concentrate our attention on adding life to it? We have been trained to think that we must create time in order to live life as we would like it to be, but what if that’s the wrong principle, to begin with? Why not create life so that we don’t need to keep postponing our happiness and well-being by being time slaves? We must manage life, not time. Time is only a man-made asset and life is God-given, it’s sacred and it has a will of its own.