PAST. PRESENT. FUTURE.
In physics, it appears past, present, and future are all the same – you can read more here but just for the record, they lost me during the first paragraph.
My biggest take away from the concept is that the passing of time may only be the way we perceive it – time itself is an illusion, a matter of perspective.
For instance – when you are really excited about something to happen – time passes sooooooo slowly. And then while on vacation time passes sooooo quickly. But we all know that the passing of time is the steadiest of processes.
Tick, tick, tick, tick
And when it comes to time, we generally have two distinct feelings – HAVING enough time and NOT HAVING enough time
But do we actually HAVE time? No – time IS a resource but not one we possess or can stockpile. It’s also highly unstable and unreliable – ever wake up in the morning with a plan and have it blow up before 9a?
“Having time” is just a way of speaking, isn’t it?
It’s not just semantics—there’s a tremendous difference between believing you own and control the upcoming three hours, and understanding that you have intentions for it but don’t own it. David Cain, Raptitude
What we do HAVE is INTENTIONS
And I love the idea of INTENTIONS rather than plans.
Intention: a thing intended; an aim or plan.
The way I see it, intentions feel bigger than plans. When I think plans, I think short term, but intentions are just what it implies – intentional. You’ve given it thought and consideration…you’re owning it. And finally, plans tend to be given to you…kids, work, adulting…days, weekends, months go by in a blur of plans handed to you.
A couple of weeks ago I shared the Power of Three and would like to reword here:
What THREE things would you like DO YOU INTEND to accomplish THIS MONTH
What THREE things would you like DO YOU INTEND to accomplish THIS WEEK
What THREE things would you like DO YOU INTEND to accomplish TODAY
Think about your roles and be realistic. For me, I have a nearly empty nest so I have a margin that you might not. I love Oprah’s quote “I’ve learned that you can’t have everything and do everything at the same time.”
We can’t be and do everything but we can certainly do something. Be intentional with your time and WRITE it down.
It’s still early enough in June to sit down with a blank calendar and dream for a while about what you’d like to see accomplished:
Set aside the plans handed to you for a moment.
Set aside the phone, the TV, the distractions and be still.
If three is too much, what is one thing?
Write it down.
For me…it’s (1) building this blog (2) writing a book (3) building strength and mastering my headstand
We all have things that we’ve gotta do – I’ve got a full-time job – it’s important. But it’s only 8 hours of my allotted 24 hours during the week – that’s 40 hours out of 168 hours – then, of course, there is sleep, eating, etc. But you get the point. Even if you work full-time, there is still time for intentional living. You may have kids in sports, a long commute, a travel schedule – yes, these have to be considered, but I bet if you look at your schedule with intentions in mind, you’ll carve out some time. Currently, for me, it’s early mornings – I write, I plan, I go to a yoga class before I hit the day.
I’m finishing this up 🙂 and then it’s all about the marriage. Spending time together and enjoying the day. Not every day is going to be a home run in terms of my monthly 3 intentions but that’s not the point. The point is to be intentional about how we spend our days.
I’d love to hear your thoughts, areas you’re struggling with, or your intentions for the month of June.
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