“There just isn’t enough time in the day!”
“I have too much to do, I will never be caught up!”
These are common frustrations I hear. Sound familiar?
I tend to get stuck in these patterns of thinking, too. That time is the enemy. That there is never enough and so I always need to be rushing off to the next thing so I can squeeze in as much as possible in any given day.
And for what reason?
What are we rushing to?
What are we sacrificing in the process?
What are we hoping to achieve with all of this doing?
I believe it is part of my life’s purpose to understand this phenomenon in myself and others. The other part is to share what I learn on my journey.
Here is what I have learned so far:
- That whatever is chasing us to do, will never stop until we turn around and greet it with love and acceptance.
- That the experience of ‘being done’ and ‘caught up’ is unreachable by doing more. The peace of mind you seek is not dependent on the status of your to-do list.
- That the more I rush, the more I need to rush in order to keep up. The pace of life quickens the more I allow it to.
- That the more I believe I don’t have enough time, the more I experience this reality on a daily basis.
And one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned so far is this:
That in order to create more time in our days we have to give time to ourselves first. This is my secret trick. We have to demonstrate to the universe that we trust there is enough time by keeping some of it for ourselves – every day. I call this tithing your time.
It is amazing to me how much calmer, more relaxed, and more spacious my days are when I take this time for myself. So much so that I believe tithing your time is a necessary part to ending the cycle of rushing and finally break free from ‘time is the enemy’ thinking for good.