“I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.” — Golda Meir
When you think about it, the only time we have is now. So why is it that modern man is consumed by clocks. At our own choice, we let them control almost every aspect of our daily lives. This man-made thing, this concept called time directs us when to rise, work, eat and sleep. Allowing a schedule run our life is one of the many habits that we all live with everyday. We plan “things” around time. There are hopes that during some particular point in the future, we will do this or accomplish that. We look back at events in the past that made us cry or smile. We refer to time a lot!
“I remember a time when…”
“When the time comes, I’m going to…”
“If only I had the time, I would…”
And the best is….
“I don’t have the time to…”
Earlier cultures lived with a close relationship to the position of the sun in the daytime and the moon at night. Their day was just that, a day in their life. Sure, they made plans for tomorrow’s survival, but each day was spent living in that moment , that day.
Each of us must govern our own allotment of time, minute by minute.
British statesman, Lord Chesterfield, suggests that we
“Take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves”.
Begin today by developing a mindfulness of how many times you look at a clock. Try to spend the day by simply letting things happen at their own pace. “Go with the flow” as the old expression says.
Try following Dr. Wayne Dyer’s advise:
“Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.”