(Hands up who’s thinking ‘fruit flies like a banana’!)
Until Doc Brown gets that DeLorean time machine into mass production, we’re never going to get the chance to go back to the future. For us at least, time will remain linear – once it’s gone, it’s gone. Compared to most of the world’s population, many of us would be described as ‘cash rich, time poor’ so how do we make the most of every minute?
One way is to be fully conscious of the moment – ‘present in the present’, you might say. Last week’s blog talked about noticing: that’s a good way of anchoring ourselves in the moment. If we notice what’s going on around us, we have something that accounts for the time spent. It’s interesting that we talk about time in that way – to ‘spend’ time. If time were a physical commodity that we actually had to hand over, would we be more conscious of what we did with it? Would there be comparison websites where we’d evaluate one way of passing time against another? Would we shop around to get the best value for our time?
What if this Saturday I stacked twelve £1 coins in front of me and used them to budget the next twelve hours? I’d probably choose to hand over £3 to spend hours going for a walk with my husband; I might feel like £1 was a good investment for cooking a delicious dinner and I’d happily hand over £2 for a couple of hours in the garden with a good book and a glass of something chilled. I wonder what I’d do with the rest. It would be really interesting at the end of the day to review how I spent that money – and that time – and to see if it made me more conscious about making every minute count.
This week’s pebble for you to contemplate:
What will you do to make the most of every moment this week?
Over to you,
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