“The main problem with this great obsession for saving time is very simple: you can't save time. You can only spend it. But you can spend it wisely or foolishly.”
― Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh
The idea of saving time, I think, comes from a focus on the future. We live in a society that encourages us to figure out how we can get ahead. To yearn for the next great thing/experience/purchase. You see, I’m all for having something to look forward to. And I’m all for efficiencies – killing two birds with one stone. But there is danger in such a mindset. Especially when making it a lifestyle. To hurry, to try to save time, often means we don’t fully indulge in a task. Think about it – when was the last time you gave someone or something your undivided attention? For me, it’s been a while. And that bums me out.
My mom has this saying, “be where your hands are.” It’s a wonderful reminder to be present. Doing the dishes? Be where your hands are. Chopping tomatoes? Be where your hands are. Driving to work? Be where your hands are. When we are present in the moment, we are using our time wisely. It is foolish to be anywhere than where we really are.
And if you haven’t read The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff, check it out.
I encourage you this week to make extra effort to be present. Time is truly our greatest asset. Value it. Make the most of it. Spend it wisely.