One of the biggest complaints I hear from my clients, family, and friends is “I don’t have the time to do what I want and need to do. I’m too busy.” My response is usually the same. I remind them that everyone, no matter how rich or poor or famous or important we are…we all have the 24 hours in a day. The ground is level here.
24 hours. 1,440 minutes. 86,400 seconds. 168 hours in a week. 8,736 hours per year.
Equal. Universal. No discrimination. No favorites.
There are three things you and I can do with our allotment of 24 hours. Three things we can do with our time. We can spend it, waste it, or invest it.
Today, California, USA, issued a “Stay At Home” order. In an effort to stop the spread of the Covid -19 virus, the governor made the decision to order 40 million people to grind their lives to a halt. Businesses, industry, travel, commerce….all affected. It is unprecedented. The last several days and weeks have been a blur of unprecedented decisions and events. I believe New York, home to about a third of the nation’s infections, will be next to issue the same order. Population, approximately half that of California.
We got our wish. Time. Some of us will have more time on our hands to fix problems at work and home. Let’s face it, without the interruptions of co-workers and the time commuting we should have a lot of time on our hands.
Forgot about the kids. They can certainly take some time to tend to their needs. Most of the millions of students in this country are home for an extended break from school! There are lessons they can be learning here too.
Allow me to list a few:
- Time to talk to one another. Texting and other electronic distractions have robbed us of this important activity.
- Time to read.
- Time to write. Maybe a note to grandma and grandpa if you are still fortunate enough to still have them.
- Time to take a walk. Maybe you will meet a neighbor while you are out. No harm in having a conversation on the lawn or porch. How many neighbors do you know by name?
- Time to Skype and old friend or estranged family member.
- Time to pray.
- Time to meditate.
- Time to help out an elderly neighbor.
- Time to listen to a friend’s fears without judgement.
- Time to read this blog.
We can spend our time. We can waste our time. We can invest our time.
1-10 above, I would argue, are some important investments that may just have some rewards.