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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Time and transformation

by Pam Roth
Have you ever noticed that time seems to zip by when you really wished you could have an extra minute or two; and it drags by when you are – as the kids say, “Bored?”  I’ve had people actually say to me, “I wish there was more time in a day.”  Or have you heard someone say, “I’d like to borrow some time.”  Or here’s another famous statement about time, “I’m planning to make up for lost time.”  Wow!  How does that happen?

All of us have the same 24 hours in a day.  It really isn’t about the minutes on a clock; it is about what we do with that allotted time that makes all of the difference.  Charles Bixton, a 1946 American screen actor, once said, “You will never find time for anything.  If you want time, you must make it.”  Do you agree with that statement?  What’s your philosophy about time?

For me, there is a big picture about time – what needs to be accomplished; and there is also this moment by moment concept that plays out in my head.  My days are often divided up into several segments: things I need to accomplish for me, personally; client appointments, writing a newsletter; caring for home and my husband; carrying out ministry responsibilities; checking in on my parents; and staying connected to family and friends.  Yikes!  I’m starting to feel tired just thinking about all of the things that I am committed to doing.  How can I, or any of us for that matter, approach all of the things that we want to accomplish in the amount of time that we have in a day?  How can we allow time to help to transform us?

If we gravitate towards Bixton’s approach – “You will never find time for anything.  If you want time, you must make it.” – we will see the need to seize the moment.  I don’t believe that Bixton is literally saying that we will produce time like the theory of borrowing time or making up for lost time; but instead, we will create the right atmosphere to be able to operate in the time that has been allocated to us and we will carve away the minutes or hours that we need to accomplish our priorities.

What would happen if we began to say, “Time is my friend.”?  Or like the title of an old Rolling Stones song, we made this statement, “Time is on my side, yes it is.”  Do you think that we would feel less stressed and more in control of our lives if we believed that “time really is on our side?”  If so, what would happen if you saw the concept of time as a welcomed friend?  As I think about that idea, I have a sense of peace – knowing that really I am the one who (usually) puts the additional stress on me when being faced with a project or a hectic schedule.  With the thought of time being my friend or at least on my side, I can relax in what lies ahead for me; and practice living a balanced life.

What are you planning to do with the time you have, today?
How essential is time to you during a period of transition?

Coaching Tips:

  • Realize that time is not your enemy, it is a gift from God
  • Begin your day by expressing your gratitude for another day to serve God and others
  • Pace yourself by having a plan
  • Look at the whole day, and then break it down into doable segments of time for each project
  • Stop long enough to give your mind and body a break: read an article, close your eyes for a few minutes, eat a healthy snack, or take a short walk
  • At the end of the day celebrate what you have accomplished; knowing that tomorrow morning is the start of a brand new day

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