More Time Please

I recently asked a senior executive “what do you want?”

His immediate response … ”More time!” … was clearly heartfelt and will be echoed by many millions of other people, probably including you and me.

It has been said that if necessity is the mother of invention, scarcity is the mother of innovation. Scarcity of resources creates brilliant business opportunities, and time management is no different. It is a massive industry for good reason – life is finite.

We all talk about “making time” or “saving time”? There are many excellent books on this topic to give us all the tips and tricks to help us “save”, “make”, “stop wasting”, “keep” this finite resource.  But every day we spend 24 hours of our 683,806 life time quota. They can’t be banked!Sand Timer

Another senior executive was asked the same “what do you want?” question many centuries ago. King Solomon replied, “Wisdom”.

For all our frenetic, gravity-defying efforts to stop the grains from descending in the salt-timer, perhaps we need to apply ourselves more to wisdom.  Wisdom can give us perspective. Solomon gave his perspective on time-management when he wrote:

“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.”

Seeing things “in seasons” can be a very helpful perspective for those of us who live in “urban time”. There is a natural flow of time that we have to learn to work with and harness, rather than fight.

“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity…” Solomon says. Wisdom is the discernment to work out the right time and season for everything.   

I leave you with some words of Gandalf from The Fellowship of the Ring:

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

John Greenway

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