Healthy is defined as, “having or indicating good health in body or mind; free from infirmity or disease; exercising or showing good judgment; and promoting health.”
In this blog entry we will ponder the idea of a “healthy” attitude towards time. We will delve into how we can have a more healthy relationship with time. We will do this by changing our mind perspective on time, by listening to our bodies when regarding time, and by exercise good judgment when considering our time. Lastly, we will lay out some basic steps on how to actually live in harmony with time.
Time is thought of by most as either a friend or foe. In the latter, time can be the bane of existence as when we find time lacking, as in regret for time passing us by, and as a hindrance to getting all the things we want and need done. Of course, there are moments when time is our friend, as when we are having a good-time, as when we have more than enough time- getting it done in the nick-of-time, and as when we think of a time gone by, the good old times.
Today I will propose that time can always be our friend. That through a particular perspective about time, we will find that we will always have more than enough time to get everything we want done. How is that so? It is by seeing time as infinite, because it is.
When we view time as infinite, we release ourselves from the constraints of when time is thought of as limited. Additionally, not only is time infinite, but so are you. Your essence, the energy, the atoms that make-up the corporeal you—is infinite. Like the metaphor of the ever changing qualities of water, from ice, to liquid, to gas, to liquid again—water, like you, is always transforming. Whether you believe you are infinite is a personal view, but I think we can all agree that time is constant and as time is constant, so is time abundant.
Let’s recap: Time = Infinite = Abundant
Time is abundant. How is that good for us? Well, it means we have a lot of it! Therefore, one way to have a healthy attitude towards time is to view it as infinite because then we can have the confidence and understanding that we will always have enough time. That’s one perspective.
Let’s get back to that “healthy” attitude…
What is a healthy attitude towards time? It is having the possession or the act of acquiring the following 3 attitudes:
1.Non-judgment and acceptance of whatever arises.
2.Finding balance between work, play, and rest.
3.Finding the peace, love, and joy in any and every moment.
No one possesses all three things all the time, but in order to have a healthy attitude towards time, you just have to try to do them.
How can we live in harmony with time? Here are some ideas using your mind and body as tools for friendly time management:
Mind: think of time as abundant, try to accept all the things happening as neither good nor bad, but just as “is”—go with the flow of time. One practical tool is to organize your daily goals whether it is to get something completed at work or to exercise by making a priority list. Using good judgment, label your tasks with a number 1, 2, or 3– 3 being the most urgent, and then let the chips fall where they may. Do your best at each task, if you’ve read my book, be a linchpin at whatever it is. Another perspective, will the world end if you didn’t get it all done, remember, time is infinite; you have the next day—know innately that you will get it done.
Body: your body is smart and intuitive; it will tell you what it needs. In regards to a healthy attitude towards time in relation to your physical body, make time for play and rest. Plan for it daily, play can be 10 minutes of a good conversation with a friend or 5 minutes of relaxing breaths. Of course, play and rest can be longer, the idea is listen to your body and plan time for play and rest so you are in harmony not only with time, but your body as well.
Healthy is not about just eating right and working out. Healthy, is, and can be all encompassing. Healthy can describe you in so many ways.
TNT (Till Next Tuesday =)
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