Time… such a small word, but one that has the biggest responsibility on its shoulders.
We are a nation who thinks we have time on our side. Always making excuses to put things off until tomorrow, rushing here and there, creating the impression that we make the most of our time.
But do we? Do we really take the time to make the most of ours?
We spend so much of our time in the shadows of others. We become absorbed in watching their every move in pictures, hanging on to every word they say in IG stories. Believing that their lives are so perfect and they are having the best time ever.
We can learn so much through watching others, but we mustn’t forget that while we are giving our precious time to them, we take it away from somewhere or someone else.
A quick catch up on social media is fine, and it’s a great way to interact and meet new people. But do you find yourself sneaking a peek throughout the day, to see what is happening in the virtual world? Are you curious to see how many likes or views your social media posts have? Did you make your story or post insta worthy, were you funny enough, did you get the right camera angle?
Your time should be put way up high on a pedestal and given the respect it deserves. After all there are only 24 hours in each day and a good portion of them are spent asleep.
Your time is the most precious gift you have to give.
Using your time to buy an expensive gift may get a squeal of excitement or hug for you, but it will be short lived. If you had used that time to sit and chat with an elderly relative or spent an afternoon getting down and silly with the grandchildren, that time will last in their memories forever .
There are so many other ways we could use our time better and we should teach our children to use theirs better too.
When visiting family, children are often excluded from conversations or think that the oldies are boring! They are bribed into visiting, with the promise of extra data so they can surf the net while at grandma’s. We should be encouraging them to take the time to listen to Grandpa’s tales or be shown how to knit by nan. Let them hear about the wisdom of the world they have, after all, they have been around much longer and probably learnt a trick or two along the way. Lead by example and get out the games, get creative, make a mess (make sure you clear it up or you won’t be invited again) or just sit and chat.
Take the time to smile.
Sounds simple doesn’t it, but something that not many people do. How often do you see someone walking down the street with their nose pratically in their phone? Apart from the fact they don’t see where they are going, they are alienating themselves from the world around them. Leave your phone in your bag and take the time to look around. That little old lady you see on the bench….. she may not have any family or seen anyone all day. A simple smile or a nod will show her that she is not alone.
That tree or plant you see in the park has battled through all weathers to present itself to the world. Take the time to appreciate its beauty, clichéd as it sounds – wake up and smell the roses! Breathe in the fresh air and take advantage of its calming influence.
Use your time to listen.
Sometimes we are all guilty of looking but not really listening. All too eager to jump in with our tale to tell, when actually we say more by not saying anything at all. Opening your ears to others is a great use of your time.
Although it’s important to make the most of your time, it’s equally important not to waste it.
Find things to do that make you happy. While it’s great to spend time with friends and family, and yes occasionally we have to do or go somewhere that we find a chore, make sure that it’s something you want to do. It’s ok to turn down something because you’re not feeling it or want to do your own thing. If they are true friends, they will understand and not be offended. On the flip side, if they need time out, you should respect their decision too.
So next time you reach for your phone to give your time to someone else, think what you could be doing for you.
Time really does move so very quick and doesn’t wait for anyone or anything, so make sure you make the most of yours!
The Crafty Co