Who has time? Who has time? But then if we do not ever take time, how can we ever have time?
—The Merovingian, in The Matrix
I love it when a very simple idea turns out to be profound.
The Merovingian’s words are, to me, a classic example.
Soon after I started blogging last February, I recall having two concerns. The first was regarding sustainability; would I be able to keep producing blog posts that are worthy of your time and attention? This no longer worries me so much, as I am finding that my blogging is generative; I have more ideas “in the bank” now than I did when I published my first post eleven months ago.
My second concern was regarding time. Would I consistently have the time?
It was as I was reflecting on this second concern that I recalled the Merovingian’s words, and a classic time management lesson was reinforced.
When we say we don’t have the time to do something, what we’re really saying is that something is not a priority.
If it is a priority, we find the time. Or, probably more accurately, we take the time. We won’t ever have the time if we don’t take the time …
And it seems that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. I’ve been taking the time from various other activities.
The most apparent is sports. I’m no longer watching sports programming. First, I stopped watching the Cubs. That wasn’t much of a sacrifice… I think it actually improved my mental health and my blood pressure! 🙂
But then I wasn’t watching the Bears quite so much, and when I did watch, it was as I was writing on my laptop … and then I found I wasn’t turning on the Bulls, which was actually surprising to me … and I’ve hardly watched any of the football playoff games …
I’m also not spending as much time watching TV generally. The Sunday morning political shows were an early and relatively easy drop from my attention.
I’m taking my time.
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“I don’t have the time.”
How recent has it been since you’ve uttered those words?”
So far, in terms of my blogging, I have had the time. Because, I now realize, I’ve been taking my time.
Are you taking yours?
You won’t ever have the time if you don’t take the time …
Take your time!