“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.
We spend so much of our lives rushing from moment to moment, always complaining that we have run out of time; we don’t have enough time; or we wish we could have more time in our lives. Yet we forget that the time is defined by ourselves. We have specified how long the day is. We have sub-divided and cut it up into ever smaller segments. We then seek to manage and control every moment of those moments.
Sometimes we are given the opportunity to sit back and not worry about those individual moments. Perhaps on holiday; or in the car; or as a passenger in a bus; or even when you might be walking. For many of us, those moments are all too fleeting and we might then regret that we have “wasted” that time rather than completing the next task on life’s ever long “To Do” list.
What Mindfulness does though, is to give to every moment the opportunity to be present. To be aware, moment, by moment, of what is in front of you. As you have read this article, you are in the present moment. Even if it was only fleetingly.
We do have all the time we want in our world. Rich or poor, famous or just a normal person; the time is the same. How we choose to use it, that is down to us all, individually. I would ask that you do take a moment out of your day. To sit and feel yourself breathing. To appreciate life around you. To feel you are here. Right now. In the present moment.
I enclose a link to the song that inspired this post.
I leave you with the following quote:
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” ― Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul