I have always found it ironic that so many people say they would do anything for a little more time every day and yet they squander the time they already have. Time is life’s great leveler. We all have the same allotment of twenty-four hours a day. What separates the people who create the great lives from the also-rans is how they use these hours.
Most of us live as if we have an infinite amount of time to do all the things we know we must do to live a full and rewarding life. And so we procrastinate and put the achievement of our dreams on hold while we tend to those daily emergencies that fill up our days. This is a certain recipe for a life of regret. As novelist Paul Bowles once wrote:
…..because we don’t know (when we will die), we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.
Commit yourself to managing your time more effectively to avoid negativity to creep in. Develop a keen sense of awareness about how important your time really is. Don’t let people waste this most precious of commodities and invest it only in those activities that truly count.
—- Dr. Anupam