The time of our lives

Time for life

 

Time

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way

And then one day you find, ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

Every year is getting shorter , never seem to find the time

Pink Floyd – The dark side of the moon

The time of our life

Over the next few weeks I will post a series of articles on time; what it means, how it affects us and how we can best use it as a resource for success. A reoccurring theme with many people, especially those of us approaching middle age, is one of managing our busy lives and ‘finding the time’ to pursue our life’s purpose. This series of posts will demystify time and show you the way to make it work for you.

Finding our purpose with time to spare

If you had the chance would you really want to live forever?

To live with purpose we must accept two fundamentals of life. The first is we have a limited and undefined amount of time on the planet. The second that we have an almost unlimited number of choices of how to use our time – the things we choose to focus on. It’s these choices that define our lives.

Ultimately it’s limited time that makes discovering our purpose in life so important. If we had forever we could just get around to it whenever. But the luxury of eternity eludes us; mortality gives life a sense of urgency and purpose.

In this series of blog posts we’ll discuss what time is and understand why it is such an important issue to many of us.  We’ll look at how we can prioritise our time such that we feel we have more of it.

Is it too late?

As we grow older and face our mortality we feel the pressure of time on our desire to be successful and happy. When we’re young the world’s our oyster; life lies ahead as an exciting adventure into the unknown, brimming with potential and excitement, a challenge that we embrace with enthusiasm. We’ve a spring in our step and nothing will get in our way. We dream big and aspire for great things.

Before we know it decades pass. We still have time; after all we were busy with our career, paying a mortgage and raising children. Again we walk the path of the expected, the accepted and the usual. More time passes; has life passed us by? We promised ourselves that we’ll leave this life without regrets.

We want more but can’t move beyond the immediate need for money, having a bearable job, paying the bills and perhaps having some time left over for family and friends. Are we really trapped? Our priorities keep hitting the limit of time. The most important tasks fall at the end of the line and time is pressure, no time to follow our purpose, no release on the valve.

Even in middle age we find ourselves wondering what we’re going to do when we grow up. ‘I don’t know what I’m supposed to do in this life; I just know that this isn’t it’. Our disillusionment is amplified by the outside world:  subject to the expectations of what and who we should be; conforming to another’s rules. If only I had the time for ‘my’ life.

We describe ourselves as cash rich but time poor. We don’t have enough time for the important things of life. Work consumes more, sleep and family less. Our dreams and aspirations are consigned to a box marked ‘someday’. As the years pass we feel the pressure of time ticking away.

Life will be good after I get the promotion, when the kids are at school, we save some money, the kids leave school, work slows down, the kids leave home, I retire … time, if only I could find the time. Each year feels shorter than the last; the pace of time accelerates with each passing year.

Whew. Does that sound like you?

It doesn’t have to be this way and it’s not too late. Whether you are 18 or 80 and as long as you draw breath you have the ability to pursue your personal meaning in life. You have the time to find acceptance and contentment, happiness and peace. This series of posts will show you the way.

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2 Responses to “The time of our lives”

  1. Elk Arne Clausen Says:

    Well, I guess if we could just let go of the whole time factor to begin with, especially the part where we reflect on our past and in order to anticipate our future, we might actually be able to live life to the fullest! Right now! From a ZEN point of perspective, this never ending trailing Moment of Now is all there is in this reality.

    Now that I am older and being able to let go of the clutter of my life’s pursuits, such as success, money, wealth, prosperity, fulfilment, business… I actually feel – and look – much younger! How is that for time management?

    Arne

    • WorkLifeBankBalance Says:

      Thanks Arne, that really is excellent time management! I hope you have achieved success, money, wealth and prosperity and are enjoying a Zen life – what a wonderful place to be!

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