Yesterday I had occasion to reflect on the passing of time. Time that illusive dimension and precious resource which is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as “The successive states of the universe regarded as a whole whose every part or moment is before or after every other”. Not having enough time is one of the most frequent excuses I hear when asking people what frustrates. I use it myself when I don’t quite get round to doing something but then again, I always seem to have enough time to do the things I want to do. And there is the “rub”. Is it not how we approach the use of our time that is important?
All too often, we think of time in terms of a commodity to be used. For example if we consider our weekly shop, how much of that do we waste? Are we so well organised that we use every item fully or are you like me, good at using leftovers but there is a limit – just think about that Christmas turkey! Eventually we all have something to throw away, discard into one of the many recycle bins we have these days.
Time is not a commodity. Discarding it is not only wasteful but impacts on how we believe we manage our own time and how we feel about it. Making the most of our time is an important life skill, helping us focus on which goals are important and setting plans in motion to achieve a balance between all those activities competing for our time.
Managing our time is a state of mind, which can become either a good or bad habit. Make it a good habit by concentrating your energies into the job in hand and being appreciative of what you do achieve. Remember any time wasted cannot be recycled, once gone it is gone forever, so make the most of this precious resource. In the words of an old saying: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift, that is why we call it the present.”