January 29, 2018

Plenty of Time

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Time is a funny thing. I actually love time. I have found that there is plenty of it.

For a while, I have been trying to bend time, expand it when I need to and such. I have been almost desperate to do this. As a week flies by and I wonder where it went. When I'm running late for an appointment and the traffic is insane. As I look at where the years go. Etc. I'm sure you've had some experience with this same kind of thing. Maybe you didn't want to bend it but you were wishing there was more time and it would slow down, or on occasion, speed up.

Our whole lives we've been taught that time was a finite thing and that we need to hurry up when we are late. That there is just so much to do and not enough time to do it. What if that's an old paradigm that no longer serves us?

I have been reading a book called The Big Leap. Seriously, it has been one of the best reads I've had in a long time. He throws out a concept that time is as Einstein proposed and that because of that, we can actually change time. In fact, a friend's emails on scarcity versus abundance actually are what led me to this book.

She shared a phrase from the book. “I have exactly the right amount of time to enjoy everything I’m doing.” I tried it on for size. It sounded so fun and I was amazed at how it changed my days.

Let's look at the phrase for a minute and I'll then share how I have changed it to feel better to me. The second part of the phrase, “to enjoy everything I'm doing” is pretty powerful.

The day I shared this with my friend, she was feeling pretty guilty about laying down for a while. When saying this new phrase, she was able to shift some things. She no longer had a need for guilt. She had the time needed to take some moments for herself. We looked at how enjoying that moment was huge. When you are enjoying yourself, there is no guilt. Interestingly enough, after a few moments, she was ready to move onto a new task. Her body probably felt more rested because she actually took a moment to enjoy that rest.

Here's what else happens. Say you have a task that just isn't what you want to do. It's not necessarily your most fun subject. When you use the phrase a few things happen. One thing is that time can move faster for you, allowing you to finish the task in record time. The other thing is you actually change your attitude about it. You start to enjoy the task. It somehow becomes fun to you and when you were done, you will be surprised at how enjoyable that time really was.

I encourage my kids to say it. It's so funny when they argue back, “But I don't want to enjoy what I am doing.” True, sometimes we don't want to. That's okay too. I just choose to enjoy my life so I'll say it.

Let's get back to the phrase and how I changed it.

This is my go-to phrase:

I have plenty of time to enjoy what I am doing.

I don't know why I took out “everything” but I might add it back in. I do know why I changed the rest, or actually why I keep it changed. The change just happened and I noticed the difference and liked mine better.

Let's look at three phrases. 1. I have enough time to enjoy everything that I am doing. 2. I have exactly the right amount of time to enjoy everything I’m doing. 3. I have plenty of time to enjoy everything that I am doing.

At first glance, they all seem to be pretty much the same. I have asked myself why they feel so different and I'll now share with you my conclusion. It's all about perspective.

The phrase “I have enough time” feels like it's coming from scarcity. This idea that time is finite and there is only so much to go around. There is a pleading in the phrase, a begging to have enough.

The phrase “I have exactly the right amount of time” is definitely much better. It doesn't seem to come from scarcity. It does seem to have a boundary though. This idea that there is only so much, but I have exactly what I need.

The phrase “I have plenty of time” feels like it's coming from abundance. I feel it is expansive. There is no boundary or limit to the time I have. I have plenty of it. It feels like it opens me up to be able to do even more in my day.

Any of the three phrases will change your experience with time. You'll find that at the end of the day you'll have gotten more done. I find myself looking at the clock at the end of the night thinking, “It's only 8:30? Sweet, I've gotten a lot done.” The best thing about it is I have a lot of downtime between my tasks too!

I used to wonder how to do homeschool, writing, the housework I want to do, take time for myself, reading the list of books to get through, etc. It just didn't seem like there could ever be enough time. Now I have plenty of time and I'm finding that at the end of the day I'm able to make progress on everything I wanted to do. I make time to write, I clean my home, I spend time with my kids, I read, I do homeschool, etc. It's all so incredible.

Try it. In fact, say it in a few ways. Think it a few times, whisper it a few times, say it in a normal voice, and maybe even yell it. If you're really adventurous you can sing it.

I have plenty of time to enjoy everything I am doing.

Tell me what you think. Tell me how you feel while saying it. Come back after a couple of days and leave a comment about your experiences with time. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

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