Flying back from a successful weekend seminar in Singapore recently I arrived at the gate extra early. I am always early when flying off somewhere, but I am not usually that early in the lounge area.
I sat there thinking about the amount of time I had before the flight-the plane had not yet arrived-and what I could do.
Observing the faces of other early travellers, some looked deep in thought. Where their minds were travelling to I have no idea on the specifics; although I do know most people are either flying back to the past and revisiting a negative event-or their mind is transporting them into the future, usually in the form of needless worrying about things that won’t come to pass.
Others were cat-napping and some passengers were doing what everybody seems to be doing-browsing on their electronic gadgets. Some were using them like a smoker who is having their last intake of nicotine and thinking, ‘This is the last one I can have for two hours’. Except there thoughts were probably, ‘Oh no, I am not going to be connected with my social media for two hours’. Whatever. They certainly seemed to be displaying the same fear as a smoker.
From my observations, and I am mind reading here, it looked pretty obvious to me that many of them appeared to be killing time.
You have no doubt heard the expression or may have used it yourself when asked what are you doing, the negative reply, “I’m just killing time”
I do my utmost never to ‘kill time’. It is the one thing we all have in common, near enough. It is the one thing 7 billion souls on the planet, without exception, cannot replace. Once it has gone it has gone. You cannot get it back. You can’t buy it back or barter with life to replace it. Once you have spent your time its gone forever.
Saying you don’t have enough time to do what you want to do is just an excuse for not trying
I do my best to make the most use of my time. I am consciously aware of as many moments as I can be. I try never to idly fritter it away. I often ask myself the question, ‘Am I using my time wisely?’
I used the spare time in the airport lounge to write out this blog post.
When coaching people I get a lot of clients saying to me, ‘If only I had more time’. It is not the time they lack it is the conscious awareness of time.
There is always enough time. There IS enough time to write a page of that book you would love to see in shop windows or online. There is enough time to write out those goals. There IS enough time to start that new business part time. There is enough time to send that extra email to say you have been thinking about somebody or you love them.
When time finally runs out or you see it coming to an end what do you think will be your greatest wish in those last moments? That’s right, to have more time.
And your second wish? It won’t be to play more computer games or to surf on your android or watch another ‘reality’ T.V. show I can assure you.
Or of course you can think like a blog site I recently came across. The author surfs the net not for a single purpose, but just to kill time. The tagline for his page? ‘The top 5 sites to kill time on’
Be consciously aware of your time. It is precious. Do what you really want to do. Give it a shot. As I often say on my mind seminars, ‘This life is not a dress rehearsal. It is the real thing.”
Use your time wisely.