“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.”
Sounds very contrarian but rings true what Leo Tolstoy quoted in War and Peace ” The Two Most Powerful Warriors are Patience and Time “.
Time: it’s free, it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it!
You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once lost, you can never get it back.
Either you are using time. Or it’s using you. You can watch the clock, but if you do that, it’s watching you.
Clocks have an agenda. They were never a part of the natural human condition. They are a recent invention of the Industrial Age. And the very fact that they have an alarm built is a clue. Rings a bell?
It’s definitely possible to put time to good use. But, if we are without a compass and a goal, we can find it using us.
Whenever you are stuck searching for the optimal question to ask, remember, ‘ Getting started changes everything ‘- and the time to start is NOW.
The invention of the calendar was to keep the outside world at bay and reclaim the agency we lost– to respond instead of to react.
There’s reason to be aweptimistic– and nothing better than tomorrow! To embark on the ‘ journey to better ‘.
When you look back at life, do you pat yourself on the back or turn your back on life?
We never forget the postal address of our past. Where we often mail metaphorical letters. Mostly letters of beration. Admonishment. Of the mistakes we made. Of the wrong decisions we took. Regretting the missed opportunities. Spending valuable time wallowing in self-pity.
Often taking the easy route or short cut to blaming our younger self for the mess we may be in.
Let’s do something contrarian. Begin with changing the mailing address. What would you be saying to your future self? And how would you feel when you read that letter in a few months or few years from now?
May be you would realise that the crisis or cataclysm that you are facing right now did not turn out as badly as you feared. Maybe you would express some optimism that you could convert to action. And maybe you would develop some empathy for your past self, who was just doing the best you could.
So, let’s change where we where we post to. Begin at the destination and travel back to a better address. A future back perspective is a much better one than a present forward one.
Nothing is a mistake. There is no WIN. Or no FAIL. There’s only MAKE. Not everything that can be counted counts; and not everything that counts can be counted.
In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast. Those who once inhabited the suburbs of human contempt find that without changing their address they eventually live in the metropolis. Karma has everyone’s address. Yours is in the mail now.
Yesterday has passed. We can treat it as a gift or an asset from our previous self. Having said that, there is no gun on the head. You don’t have to accept it if you don’t want to. Tomorrow is a bigger, better opportunity. But, if you are still defending that stuck project of the past( where you have sunk in big emotional labour among other things), you are not making headway as you can’t show up for the new better. Oh! that sunken feeling!