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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Immortality & Clocks

Are you aware of how you spend your time? How much of it is used to the best of your ability? Are you conscious of the choices you make about how you spend your time? How much of it is wasted?

I don't consider time being wasted if you are sitting in a park watching the ducks, or standing by the sea, or walking along a mountain path. I also don't consider time being wasted if you occasionally daydream because it is precisely in our daydreams that we may find the answer to problems we have failed to resolve in our rational time. And you just might be wasting your time studying, if you are studying something that does not lead you to work or a hobby that gives meaning to your life, and you are, in fact, studying it just because it will pay well in a profession you abhor.

So the wasting of time is not determined by whether your Puritan work ethic is hard at (sorry) work, but by whether whatever you choose to spend your time on is something that enriches your life. Perhaps you are baking cookies with a 4-year-old, perhaps you are studying the work ethic (that phrase again!) of worker ants, perhaps you are having a short and re-energizing snooze in the middle of the day in order to be able to give it your all later.

But how long do you spend worrying every day, making yourself feel depleted, defeated and depressed? Worry is a huge waste of time! No matter what your problems may be. See prior articles on thoughts, both here and on my website. How about pain and anger? They burglarize your time (and energy) in similar fashion.

It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who wrote: What would be the use of immortality to a person who cannot use well a half an hour?

Becoming aware of how we choose to spend our time, is in some fashion also becoming aware of the direction in which our thoughts and feelings go and consciously choosing to put ourselves in charge of them, as opposed to allowing them to rob us of our precious life blood: the time we have between birth and death.

How are you choosing to spend your time?

For much more about thoughts and feelings, about being aware, about doubt and moving forward and the way your thoughts and feelings about those subjects influence you and what to do about it, about inner well-being, inner growth and joy, have a look at my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self, available at Amazon as paperback or e-book for Kindle.

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