Time. There never seems to be enough time in the day. 24/365. If there were more hours in a day, then I could do everything I wanted to do.
Time is a tricky thing. We have the same amount every day, yet some days fly and others drag.
One day while complaining to my mom about time, or lack thereof, she started laughing. It upset me, and I asked why she was laughing at me being frustrated; it definitely was NOT funny. She had listened to me complain about my crazy schedule as a single mom of two rambunctious boys while working three jobs and having very little time for housework or anything else.
She looked at me and said, “What is important to you?”
I barely listened and rambled off a dozen or so things that were important to me. Not even hearing what she was trying to say, I became agitated that she was not solving my problem, but adding to it.
Knowing I was getting more frustrated, she changed her question. She asked me, “What do you wish you had more time to do if there were more hours in the day?” This was a quick answer, and I rattled off dozens of things that I would love to do without time constraints.
She then dropped a truth bomb on me, you know that way only moms can do. She looked at me and said:
“You make time for what is important to you.”
Snap. She was right. What is important to me? After I establish that, then I fill my time with THOSE things. This was a game changer for this single mom.
The hours in the day never change, but what I choose to fill those hours with sure did. The events, activities, people, clubs, sports, and the list goes on that I thought were so important to me, that took up so much of my time, were not all that important to me after all. I was giving my time and energy to areas in my life that were not so important to me.
If it is important to you, you make time for it. If it is not important to you, put your time to better use somewhere else.
The hours in a day won’t change, but your peace of mind will.