Are You Running Out Of Time?

Who forces time is pushed back by time; who yields to time finds time on his side. ~ The Talmud

As human beings, we love to complain, and one of the many things we love to complain about is that we don’t  have enough time to get things done. Whatever we do, especially in today’s busy society, there always seems to be a shortage of time. We need more time to spend with our friends and family, we need more time to finish our projects, more time to exercise and stay in shape, more time to play and have fun, and so on. With all of the complaining, and all of this search for more time, did any of you people found what they were looking for, did any of you found more time?

Are You Running Out Of Time?

For all of us, the day has only 24 hours, and no matter how much we complain, and no matter how much we dream about getting more time, the day will never get longer than it already is.

You hear people all the time saying that they will love to go back to school, to start a new career, to go to the gym, to start meditating, etc. , but they can’t because you see they don’t have enough time.

You have plenty of time, it’s just that you don’t know how to use it. Do the task at hand, be present in everything you do, and try to clear your mind of all the things that happened in the past, all the things that might happen in the future and all the things that you need to do after you’re done. It may look like it’s a simple thing to do, but it’s not because if it were, people would no longer complain about not having enough time.

You know how I always say that you should identify your unique gifts and talents and work with them in order to have a meaningful and happy life? Well, I will say it again. Those people who love what they do, those people who enjoy using their skills and talents for the benefit of all mankind, will always find time to get things done. When you love what you do, you are so caught up in your work, that you no longer hear the phone ringing, the dog who’s barking outside, the loud neighbors who are always fighting and so on. These are distractions, distractions only for those people who aren’t 100% engaged in their day to day life. When you work, work, when you play, play, don’t let them interfere with one another. Learn to discipline your mind, and learn to discipline yourself in order for you to know how to focus your energy in the right direction.

By doing so, by investing your time and energy in the right direction, you will perform at your best in all areas of life. The time spent with your friends and family will be priceless, the people you interact with will love being around you because of the positive energy you will emanate, and because they will know you are present both with your mind and body. You work will be appreciated more and more and you will be well compensated because you see, people want quality, people want to see that you love what you do and that you are willing to share that love with them.

Time is finite, time can’t and will not expand, ever, but energy can, energy can be expanded, but only if you want it to expand. When you are working on something, it doesn’t matter how much time you have to finish whatever it is that you need to finish, but what does matter is how present you are in doing that something, and whether you are focusing all your energy and attention where you need to. Are you 100% engaged in whatever it is that you need to do, or are you daydreaming? Presence is the key, and if you don’t know how to be present, and if you aren’t willing to learn how to be present, you will never have enough time for anything or anyone, no matter if you will live 100 or 200 years.

~love, Luminita💫


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Now sleep and rest; Would thou could’st make the time to do so too; I’ll wind thee up no more. ~Ben Jonson   The flower that you hold in your hands was born today and already it is as old as you are.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin   It’s a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.  ~J.K. Rowling, “The Hungarian Horntail,” Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000   Who forces time is pushed back by time; who yields to time finds time on his side.  ~The Talmud   Old Time, in whose banks we deposit our notes Is a miser who always wants guineas for groats; He keeps all his customers still in arrears By lending them minutes and charging them years. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes   Time is like the wind, it lifts the light and leaves the heavy.  ~Doménico Cieri Estrada   Time is making fools of us again.  ~J.K. Rowling   El tiempo da buen consejo.  ~Proverb   There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men:  time.  ~Napoleon I, Maxims, 1815   Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.  ~Faith Baldwin   When told the reason for Daylight Saving time the old Indian said, “Only a white man would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket and sew it to the bottom of a blanket and have a longer blanket.”  ~Author Unknown   Why won’t they let a year die without bringing in a new one on the instant, can’t they use birth control on time?  I want an interregnum.  The stupid years patter on with unrelenting feet, never stopping – rising to little monotonous peaks in our imaginations at festivals like New Year’s and Easter and Christmas – But, goodness, why need they do it?  ~John Dos Passos, 1917   How long a minute is, depends on which side of the bathroom door you’re on.  ~Zall’s Second Law   The years like great black oxen tread the world And God, the herdsman, goads them on behind. ~William Butler Yeats, The Countess Cathleen   Time! the corrector when our judgments err.  ~Lord Byron   Time is the coin of your life.  It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.  Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.  ~Carl Sandburg   Time is a figure eight, at its center the city of Deja Vu.  ~Robert Brault,   I am tired of the imposed rhythms of men, Tethered time, restrained and trained To a monotonous beat Digital time blinking exactness Unliving. ~Phillip Pulfrey, “Conjecture,” Beyond Me,   If you want work well done, select a busy man – the other kind has no time.  ~Elbert Hubbard   Darn the wheel of the world!  Why must it continually turn over?  Where is the reverse gear?  ~Jack London   Time flies on restless pinions – constant never.  ~Friedrich Schiller   The Future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.  ~C.S. Lewis   Time is a brisk wind, for each hour it brings something new… but who can understand and measure its sharp breath, its mystery and its design?  ~Paracelsus   What then is time?  If no one asks me, I know what it is.  If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.  ~Saint Augustine   Each moment has its sickle, emulous Of Time’s enormous scythe, whose ample sweep Strikes empires from the root. ~Edward Young   The inertia hardest to overcome is that of perfectly good seconds.  ~Martin H. Fischer   Time is the wisest counsellor of all.  ~Pericles   Time is the only thief we can’t get justice against.  ~Astrid Alauda   There are whole years for which I hope I’ll never be cross-examined, for I could not give an alibi.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960   The clocks are all turned forward from Funny Time to Right Time.  I always remember, “Spring back or Fall in.”  ~Dave Beard (@Raqhun)   Time is the most undefinable yet paradoxical of things; the past is gone, the future is not come, and the present becomes the past even while we attempt to define it, and, like the flash of lightning, at once exists and expires.  ~Charles Caleb Colton   Time is what we want most, but… what we use worst.  ~Willaim Penn   Time is the longest distance between two places.  ~Tennessee Williams   Among life’s regrets is all the time wasted being early for everything.  ~Robert Brault,   Can an afternoon revert?  ~Carrie Latet   Pick my left pocket of its silver dime, but spare the right – it holds my golden time!  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes   Man goes nowhere.  Everything comes to man, like tomorrow.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin   Whether we wake or we sleep, Whether we carol or weep, The Sun with his Planets in chime, Marketh the going of Time. ~Edward Fitzgerald   For centuries, man believed that the sun revolves around the earth.  Centuries later, he still thinks that time moves clockwise.  ~Robert Brault,   Time, the cradle of hope…. Wisdom walks before it, opportunity with it, and repentance behind it:  he that has made it his friend will have little to fear from his enemies, but he that has made it his enemy will have little to hope from his friends.  ~Charles Caleb Colton   Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.  ~Henry David Thoreau   The Present is a Point just passed.  ~David Russell   Methinks I see the wanton hours flee, And as they pass, turn back and laugh at me. ~George Villiers   Time is an equal opportunity employer.  Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day.  Rich people can’t buy more hours.  Scientists can’t invent new minutes.  And you can’t save time to spend it on another day.  Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving.  No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.  ~Denis Waitely   Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most men throw away.  ~Charles Caleb Colton   One must learn a different… sense of time, one that depends more on small amounts than big ones.  ~Sister Mary Paul   Day, n.  A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent.  ~Ambrose Bierce   Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.  ~Louis Hector Berlioz   Let not the sands of time get in your lunch.  ~Tony Hendra, “Deteriorata” (Thanks Tom)   Page Information: Last modified 2011 Jun 05 Sun 10:42 PDT    Find Your Way    HOME     Quote Index     FAQ & Contact     Twitter     QuoteHug     Privacy


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