I’m realizing more clearly every day that possibly the biggest crime we commit is in wasting our precious time.
You do it, I do it, we all do it to some degree.
One Persons Wasting Might be Another’s Calling.
Don’t worry, I am not here to shove a bunch of causes down your throat that I feel is worth everyone’s time. Everybody is different so we all have to define what activities are a waste of time for ourselves.
I can see something as a complete waste of time, and another person will find a level of joy in it that I may never know.
Though I will say that if you find yourself lost in a blah world where hardly anything makes sense, then no doubt a lot of time is wasting away..
How can we tell if something is a waste of time or a calling? Well, there is a saying from the Philosopher Alan Watts that rings through my mind often.
“Do you dig it?”
If I am not digging it then I am probably in the wrong place, or the wrong headspace! And if the thing is dug, then we may be on the right track.
Life is too Short to be Waste Time.
Our time here in these bodies on this Earth is minuscule. We are basically here for a flash of a moment. To be off in our heads worrying and chasing down people, places, and things that will leave us feeling empty is just stupid.
Often times when I am chasing what I don’t dig, I get an empty feeling. And when I am feeling empty, I know things need to change. The feeling tells me I need to find some things that I legitimately dig!
Life is too short for too many things we don’t dig. I am so grateful that I have woken up to this realization.
Learning is not a Waste.
One of my greatest joys is learning about myself. I am grateful to be blessed with this desire.
Though throughout many years I was astray from this calling, and much time was wasted. But thankfully I was able to make it out of the painful world of active addiction, and back into the real world.
Now I can be full of anger and regret about wasted time, or I can learn from it. Lessons learned to ensure the past was not a waste!
But any lesson I have learned about the past that I continue to disregard, I am now wasting my damn time. And I am likely wasting the time of everybody around me.
Wasting the most Precious of Times.
Now I consider it a crime to waste my own time. Though I feel it would be an even greater crime to waste the time of those around me. Who really comes to mind when I say this is my 3-month-old daughter Ada!
In my wife’s post a couple weeks ago, she spoke of learning how to stay in the moment from our infant girl. This reminded me of how easy it can be to become completely distracted by the beautiful features of life. It reminded me how much I fail to stay focused on what is right in front of my face as well.
But today I am now fueled with a commitment to waste as little time as possible for myself and others. This also means a commitment to developing a better relationship with the moment, the only time that exists.
It’s Never too Late to Quit Wasting Time.
All that we have is right now, the present moment, and it is never too late to quit wasting it. Sometimes it may take jumping off a cliff moment, where some long-held relationships need to be left behind. Other times it is as simple as just focusing closer on the present moment and appreciating what is right in front of us.
That’s right, just because I feel like I am wasting my time doesn’t mean that I am in the wrong physical space. It could be that I am wishing for something that isn’t meant to be, or has not yet come to be.
It is amazing what some relaxed breathing and focusing on what I am grateful for can do for me. Just 15 minutes can take me from feeling completely lost to being planted firmly back into my calling and the present moment. There are all sorts of things to be digging in this present moment right here and right now! I invite you to slow down and feel how much they mean to you.
And as I said above, if you are just learning this lesson, latch onto it and quit wasting your time. It is a big lesson and one that may have to be learned over and over again. If you are anything like me, it may take multiple reminders a day..
Well, that is all we have for today and thank you so much for stopping into My Life Experiment. What is written here has come from struggle and growth.
We truly believe that if you take today’s lessons to heart and apply them, that you will greatly benefit.
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