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Be Conscious of Time, Your Time.

Mar 29, 2021 11:40AM ● By Dr. Rodger

“Time = life; therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life.” 

Even though it’s something that’s all around us and most of us take it for granted, time is one of the most mysterious forces in the universe. Why does it matter so much? 

Every single thing in the universe is affected by time. Whether it’s a tulip, a human or a star, all things gradually age and eventually decay as time progresses. What are you going to do with the time you’ve been given? The answer to this question really matters because you can’t get wasted time back. People often think of money as their most valuable resource, and while it is important because it allows you to buy the nice things you need and want, you can get money back. Time, however, is intangible and once it’s gone, it’s gone.  

There are three stages of time: the past, the present and the future. We can use the past to learn and we can prepare for the future, but the present is the only space we have to work in.  Research shows that being more mindful of what’s going on right now and living in the present benefits both mental and physical health.

Speaking of the past and the future, a person’s perspective of these two times has a big impact on their happiness and peace of mind. Many of us spend a lot of time ruminating on the past or worrying about the future. If we are able to let go of the past and what can’t be changed and look ahead in the unknown with hope instead of fear, we would feel a lot happier and calmer.  

Community is very important for a person’s health and wellbeing. Maintaining relationships takes a commitment and whether it’s a friendship or romantic partnership, time is a key element.   Healthy relationships don’t just develop overnight. How much time people invest is often the main difference between a relationship that’s deep and fulfilling, and one that’s shallow.

The old phrase says that “time heals everything,” and while that often feels hollow to people in the middle of a painful experience, they often find that it eventually becomes true. Sometimes the only way to get a new, healthier perspective on a situation is to give it time. Within that time, a person is given the opportunities to think about what’s happened and experience other things.  Time serves as both a teacher and a healer, and while a person may not go back to who they were before, time has allowed them to grow.  Be conscious of time, your time.

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