Last year, I posted the following on Facebook as one of my Happy Monday People posts.
‘I’m just killing time…..’
How many times have you heard and used this expression? I think it should be banned from our vocabulary. Those 10 minutes impatiently waiting in line for something, could be the last 10 minutes somebody has on this planet. They could be very old and have lived a long and fulfilling life. They may have only just come into the world and are here for such a brief time. Whichever scenario, you can guarantee that their families will want those last 10 minutes to last for eternity.
Time is a precious commodity that we can never get back! Make it count because every second really does count!
Happy Monday People!
Never has this rung more true for me and my family than now. A teenager in our family has just been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. It’s a complete shock for us all. He is about to start chemotherapy and the journey to victory over this disease. The Law of Attraction is going to play a massive part of his recovery. Using the right words and encouraging him to remain positive can only but help him. Thankfully, the statistics run highly in his favour and we are 100% optimistic about his recovery. However, time is precious and for some the prognosis is not so good. I can’t begin to imagine how these people might feel to hear the expression of killing time being used in their presence.
Paulo Coelho said ‘Do something instead of killing time, because time is killing you’. This quote resonates with Dion Boucicault, the 19th century Irish dramatist’s quote that ‘Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them’. No matter how far back you look, the negative connotations of this idiom are realised. Somehow, we have allowed this to be used carelessly and rather too casually. I used to be guilty of this myself.
Although I consciously chose sometime ago to remove this phrase from my vocabulary, it does sometimes come into my head. I see this as a positive. It allows me to stop and think about what I was on the point of saying; to appreciate that time as free time to be embraced and enjoyed. It has had an amazing knock on effect in my life as I have started to let go of the things that I cannot control. A recent car journey into work took me an hour and 15 minutes instead of the usual 10. My initial frustration subsided as I tuned into the music I was listening to and started signing along with it.
My mood became uplifted as I enjoyed a very slow paced journey into work. Of course, when I got to work business was running as usual! Nothing had fallen apart! The old me on that car journey would have cussed and cursed all the way, wishing those 75 minutes of my life away, whilst others around the world would have been clinging onto those final moments of their own life or of someone beloved to them. The self-induced stress in itself shortening my very own life. Now I feel armed and ready for those pockets of time when I am a captive audience. Bring on a long queue at the Post Office I say. I can drift into a world of dreams and visualisation. That’s not time I will have killed or wasted. In fact it’s the opposite as I will have taken further steps in the direction of my own destiny whilst showing respect for those at the end of their journey on this planet. I have deepened and strengthened my relationship with time.
About the author: Stuart Dickson’s passion for personal development began in September 2013, when he joined a Network Marketing Company. Part of his development is increasing his spirituality and the many ways of doing this. His first blog, Happy Monday People was born from a project that came about from his personal development journey facebook.com/Happylifepeople