Spare Time for Sale!


If you have spare time consider yourself fortunate.

If time were a commodity, I wonder how steep the price would be.

Do you remember learning how to tell time in elementary school? I recall my fascination with clocks but also remember being disturbed by the two twelves; one for a.m. and one for p.m. It confused my young mind.

We plan our lives by the sun and moon and by the rotation of the earth. Or do we?

Around the clock is the name of the game now.

I am a recovering watch person. My life was dictated by schedules, deadlines, and routines. I am almost embarrassed to admit that in my youth I slept with my watch on.

While being timely and organized creates efficiency, being a slave to time can diminish overall wellbeing.

Faster with less time is now the accepted pace of life. Just look around. People are hunched over staring at phones and iPads and computers, attempting to race with the clock.

We are always rushing, as if the deadline for living was dependent on it.

How ironic that this very pace could be harming us.image

I don’t wear a watch anymore. I have a phone but it is not attached to my physical body.

My circadian rhythm still works best with a schedule. But, I like flexibility and surprise now.

I still prefer to arrive on time. And, I routinely add in deep breaths to my schedule.

Ask yourself this question: what do I fill my time with? Then, evaluate your answer.

Imagine if there were more hours for serendipity, synchronicity, and surprise. Imagine more minutes for creative thought. Imagine more seconds for day dreaming.

Now, I leave you with these familiar lyrics…..

I could while away the hours, conferrin’ with the flowers
Consultin’ with the rain.
And my head I’d be scratchin’ while
my thoughts were busy hatchin’, if 
I only had ……                                                                          (insert my words) more time!


I hope this tune sticks in your head today! And, I wish for you, some time for conferrin’ with the flowers!

Time is a most precious commodity. I don’t want to pay the price for not having enough of it.


The above quote is from AIME, a non profit mentoring program. Wise words.

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