Time and Perspective

Happy Friday Eagles!

We live in a busy world, and in this world, we live in time. It is crucial for us to learn to respect time. Some days we say, “I can’t wait until this week is over. On the other hand, when we are facing serious problems and situations we say, “Life is too short.” Why are we rushing time away, if the time we have is small? Of course, we know that time is constant; it’s always the same, but our perspectives, attitudes, and actions are what make a difference in how we feel about it.

How can we create a positive mindset towards time?

  • If we think we don’t have enough time, we can manage more of it.

Americans waste more than five hours a day watching television. Can you imagine what you can accomplish in five hours a day? There is a book that you have wanted to read, but you have made excuses for not having enough time. You can read this book and several more if you would DVR some of your favorite shows. Plan a marathon movie day with family and friends.  I made an excuse for not having enough time to work out in the fall because of sports activities and tutoring at my school in the evenings. However, I decided to wake up an extra hour earlier to get my exercise in during the week.

  • Appreciate moments in time, good or bad.

There are days of grief, pain, hurt, despair. There are days of joy, happiness, and thanksgiving. Savor the rough moments, because in them you will learn a lesson, or you will receive the gift of being able to empathize with someone in similar situations. Become grateful for days when everything is just incredible. When time is filled with moments like this, be present; don’t spend one second thinking about where you could be, or worrying about the deadline you need to meet.

Here are a few great quotes about time:

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
― Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time.’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.”
― Lao Tzu

“Time doesn’t heal emotional pain; you need to learn how to let go.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Think of ways to value time.  Use a planner, but don’t just plan for ways to be busy.  Plan for leisure and family time, too.

See you next Friday.

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