Be Here Tao: Week 6 – The 1,440 Factor
When Sarah walked into my office, she looked frazzled, exhausted and completely worn down. She flopped down on my couch and with a deep sigh, she said what I had heard from so many of my other clients, “I just need 30 more minutes. Just 30 more minutes a day.” I responded, “You don’t get 30 more minutes a day. You can’t buy, borrow, beg or steal 30 more minutes a day. Like everyone else on this planet, you get 1,440 minutes every 24 hours. And once they are spent, they are gone. You and only you determine how you are going to spend these precious minutes.” Dead Silence. I had “heard” it numerous times before.
America is experiencing a new epidemic. It is a serious, life-darkening, life-diminishing condition that can destroy relationships, careers, finances and the worst of all, health. As far back as the 1990s, according to USA Today, Americans need 42 hours a day to complete their to-do lists. It’s called the Crazy Busy Syndrome. People are thinking faster and moving faster. Because of technology, we can be fully alive 24 hours a day. And we hate to wait. The illusion, however, is that because of our to-do lists and our lack of respect for time, we are believing that time is speeding up. It is not. The beautiful writing, Realize, by the most famous of all sages, Anonymous, sums up the importance of time:
“To realize the value of one year, ask a student who has failed a final exam.
To realize the value of one month, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of one week, ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of one hour, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of one minute; ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane.
To realize the value of one second, ask a person who has survived an accident.
To realize the value of one millisecond, ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.
Time waits for no one. Treasure every moment you have.
This week, ask yourself if your pace of life supports your health and wellbeing. If not, what can you begin to do differently? Where can you say no, what can you delete from your life?