What sort of week have you had? If you’re anything like me, this week has shot past at a hundred miles an hour, leaving you wondering where the time has gone, and what the heck you’ve managed to achieve.
We live in stressful times, and hours and minutes can sometimes be more valuable to us than money or possessions. It’s the one thing you can’t buy, and time is becoming more precious to us as we get busier and our lives fill up. E-mail, mobile phones and online messaging mean that we are on call at all hours, whereas a few years ago we knew that we could hide away indoors and not have to speak to anyone if someone needed us to do some work out of hours!
Claiming back our precious time
Anyone who has gone through parenthood understands that there comes a point in life where everything becomes completely hectic. We lose sleep, lose patience, and often lose our personalities in the effort to keep achieving under immense pressure.
Similarly, working had puts us through the same thing. We spend our whole day trying to catch up with an ever-increasing things to do list, leaving us burned out at the end of the shift. When we get home, we immediately start playing catch-up, by making sure we are up to date with all our e-mails and letters, and phoning people who we haven’t been in touch with for a while. This constant activity and stress is not great for us, as human beings. We need to appreciate the beauty of being completely idle once in a while.
When was the last time you pressed the pause button and simply did…nothing?
I’m not talking here about taking a bath, or watching television. I’m talking about deliberately, deliciously wasting precious time. Most of us feel so guilty about this that it’s like wasting water in the middle of a drought. We feel as if the hosepipe is on full blast, and something precious is slipping down the drain!
I don’t know about you, but when I get some free time I immediately start to plot how I’m going to fill it. Someone cancels an appointment with me, and I right away think ‘Oh, great. I’ll clean up the yard’, or ‘fantastic. That gives me longer to clean the house’, I very rarely think….nothing!
I propose that we all step back and deliberately waste some time. Stare out of the window thinking of nothing, for pleasure. Wander about in a daze daydreaming. Make a coffee and flop on to the floor just because you can. Smell some flowers, admire a painting, but whatever you do, don’t do something constructive.
I dare you to try it! Be careful, though – once you get a taste for moments of idleness, it could be addictive!
Let me know how this works for you!
May you always find your happines,