Consider a fundamental truth: no one gets out of here alive. Tomorrow is promised to no one.
Consider a fundamental truth: no one gets out of here alive. Tomorrow is promised to no one. Photo Thinkstock

Why have we made time so important?

THERE is an interesting philosophical debate about whether time actually exists or if it is a creation of man.

It's similar to the conceptual discussion regarding a tree falling in the forest and if no one is there, does it make a noise? We'll all have a comment - or not - depending on the level of interest in the topic. That's not what I am writing about here regarding time.

What is apparent is that we anchor so much of our lives around "time". It takes one year (in our measure) for the earth to circumnavigate the sun.

Once that was figured out, we then broke that down into units. We count seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years and invest a massive amount of energy into "time".

We schedule "time" for a coffee, for work, for friends, for family, for sport, for socialising, for cooking, TV, and then beat ourselves up for running out of time, for running over time, for running late, for missing a deadline, for going too slow, for going too fast and on it goes as we create stress and anxiety at so many levels over a social construct that has become a universal unit of measure and we put a dollar value on it.

Why have we made time so important? Why have we become so caught up in valuing time that we have lost, or are losing, the perspective of valuing ourselves more?

Consider this as a fundamental truth: no one gets out of here alive. Tomorrow is promised to no one.

Time passes at the same pace and rate for everybody and then it ends for us on this physical plane, and depending on your personal beliefs we die, we transform, we go to heaven or hell, we are reincarnated and several other potential outcomes are possible.

What sacrifices are you making in "time" believing that you'll do those things that are important later?

What have you put off doing or compromised hoping that you might get to do them when things are different and you have more "time"?

Have you ever thought about the opportunity to change how you see yourself in stepping out of time? Getting back to a more natural and intuitive engagement with "time".

To do that you need to value yourself differently, and from my experience that's where life starts to get really interesting.

So, before your time's up, take some time out to make sure your time in is valuing you.

Nick Bennett is a facilitator, performance coach and partner of Minds Aligned: http://www.mindsaligned.com.au


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