It’s Not The Lack Of Time

SunsetWatchSome of us, actually a lot of us go through life using this expression as if it’s the most normal thing in the world “I don’t have time!” We use it as an excuse for the things we don’t want to do, but we also let it get in the way of the things we actually want to do. As much as we keep proclaiming this lack of time, we still get the same 24 hours every day, 1440 minutes, each 60 seconds long. Yet somehow we just keep declaring at every step that we have no time, somewhat oblivious to the people whose days are actually numbered, whose minutes are counted every day. Not that for the rest of us, the minutes are not counted, it’s just that we don’t have a clear deadline for when the countdown stops so we go on living as if we have all the time in the world, while at the same time asserting the lack of time.

Granted this lack of time is the most used excuse to prove how busy we are, how much we got going on in our lives. While I believe in the value of time and I respect my own time as well as the time of the people I interact with even if it’s through gestures as simple as being on time and respecting the agreements I’ve made with them, I also understand that most of the times, if not every time, when someone says “I don’t have the time”, it actually means “I don’t want to give priority to this particular thing or person.” There’s nothing wrong with that, as long as we are actually aware it’s a choice based on priorities, not on the actual lack of time.

Once we can establish our priorities clearly and we know what matters the most, we will always find a way to invest time in it. What do you give your time to right now? Is it important? Or does it just seem that way? If you found a way to look at what’s important instead of what seems urgent or just in your face, would you still give your time to the same things? Isn’t it time you stopped saying you don’t have time, when the reality is you don’t have priorities?

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