Happy Sunday Readers!
Today I’d like to talk a little bit about Time.
Now I’m not going to get into the nuts and bolts of it – there’s too much Math involved and if you’ve been following this blog for any length of time (Thanks, for that) you’ll know that Math and I have a shaky relationship.
What I’d like to talk about are three states, or conditions of time that you and I can experience.
The first state is called Time Affluence – or the state where you’ve got all the time you need to do what you need to do. Alright, quit laughing. I’ve heard this actually exists. Even if it is a myth, for something nonexistent, I am working *so* hard to achieve it.
The second state is Time Famine. This is pretty much what it says on the tin. You don’t have the time you need – you’re starving for time and I feel this so hard.
If you were to look at the two states as being on the opposite ends of a sliding scale, you and I would fall somewhere in between and our spot on the scale seems to change daily.
This is a high level view, but what I’d like to show you is on a more granular level.
Come on over. Look closer…
Those are Time Pebbles.
Time Pebbles are very tiny bits of Time. Small enough to recognize, but too small to do anything with – or so it appears. These are times like when you’re queued up for something, or waiting for a meal to finish in the microwave, or on hold, at a stoplight, or any one of a myriad other bits of Time you encounter while moving from one larger thing to another.
Time Pebbles are valuable. For starters, they’re all yours – little bits of Time Affluence.
What are they good for? All sorts of stuff but, more importantly, the things you do with those Time Pebbles can be good for you.
Stopped for a minute? Look for a #DailyDelight
Waiting in line? Breathe and concentrate on one thing you’re grateful for – one thing that makes you happy.
You could do character work, or plotting, or brainstorming, you could even be writing – Pick up a notepad app, or use a service like Google Drive instead of scrolling through Twitter, or checking your email (again).
You could be reading during that time. Maybe squeezing in a Language lesson, or something like that.
See where I’m going with this? If you’re aware of Time Pebbles, you can use them for doing stuff.
And I don’t mean to imply from the above that you’ve *got* to be doing something during these times.
Maybe you could use a break. Breathe, focus on the moment, bring yourself into the present. All of these things can help improve your overall happiness.
Believe me, this is easier said than done, and I’m working on training myself into not going straight into Twitter – not to take anything away from Twitter, but it doesn’t have to be the only place you drop your time pebbles in.
Who knows, maybe a ripple caused by tossing a Pebble in the Stream, could turn into a Wave later on.
Thanks for reading. Be safe out there. Be Excellent to Each other – and yourself.
I’ll see you on Thursday.
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