How long does it take before we all realize that time is the only true possession that we own as humans? We are always cognizant of it. We make choices about how we choose to use it and whom we will spend it with. We clamor for more of it when something feels good and despise its rigidity when we are in the midst of a difficult experience. At the end of the day the use of it is the only thing you are able to control. The sooner you recognize this fact, the more productive you will become.
It seems as though the older you become the more life pulls at you from various angles. First there’s college, your profession, maybe a spouse and kids. Before you know it, you are no longer in control of your calendar. I would venture to say that most adults have what constitutes a full day from the moment they awake until they engage in the sweet bliss known as slumber at the end of a tough day. It all adds up; the job, the kids, the errands just to keep it all afloat. It seems there is no end.
Each day learn to take a few moments for yourself; to write, to meditate, to read a passage from a book, to workout, to advance the love of a hobby, to enjoy the company of a friend. You have to set aside some part of the day to engage in the essence of you. If you don’t, you will be lost in the grandeur and complexity of it all and will simply become a witness to the passage of your own time. For me the solution has always been writing. I have kept a journal since my early days in college. I have known no peace like the right setting and a journal entry that captures my thoughts, frustrations, joy and the grey matter of life. In fact, it can be a form of therapy. What’s your therapy?
With a full calendar you might ask; how exactly do I steal this 30 – 45 minutes to myself? The answer is simple. Do whatever you have to do. Rise 30 – 45 minutes earlier in the day. Put the kids to sleep a little early and turn off the TV. Ask your spouse to cover for 30 – 45 minutes while you take a “sanity” break. Whatever your solution, make it happen. Once you have it down to a science you will look forward to these moments every day. Time to recharge. Time to gain balance. Time to grow just a little bit.