Have you ever sat in a meeting, waiting for someone to arrive before the meeting could start? Arriving late for a meeting is disrespectful – making others wait for you implies their time is less valuable than yours. In contrast, arriving on time shows you value the time of others. If you can’t arrive on time, arrive early. Instead of leaving at the last minute, rushing to get there and arriving stressed, leave a little early, arrive early and settle in to fully enjoy the activity.
When we try to do too much, we steal from ourselves. If we try to cram too much into our day, we feel pressured and we suffer stress. This robs us of our health. Not allowing sufficient time to get everything done also robs us of the enjoyment of living in the now. Instead, if we are generous with our time we have the opportunity to enjoy every moment.
If we don’t have enough time to fit all we want to do in a day, it is because we want to do too much. Try examining our “wants”. If what we want is causing stress and taking away the ability to enjoy each moment, we need to find a way to want less.
Consider “needs” versus “wants”. We “need” food and shelter. We “want” our food to be yummy and our shelter to be luxurious. But we know eating too much yummy food is bad for our health and no matter how comfortable our home is, we can always find something more luxurious. The problem lies in failing to recognise we already have all that we need. We will never be happy as long as we continue to want more than what we already have.
Time is the one resource we all seem to lack. It appears there is never enough time to do all we want to do. But this is an illusion. The problem is not a lack of time, but rather, our wanting to do more than we need to do. In the process, we rob ourselves of our health and our happiness.
The solution is to put our wants in perspective and not to want too much. Is squeezing in an extra task really more important than our health and happiness? Allow more time than we need for each task. Arrive early for appointments. Be generous with time. Discover the luxury of enjoying each moment, and experience a life well-lived.
‘The biggest theft of all is that, in our constant rush to achieve, we take away our chance to enjoy the present moment’ (Deborah Adele, The Yamas and Niyamas).