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Time is a funny thing because the more that we are enjoying ourselves, the faster it seems to pass. When we are dreading something or things get hard, time seems to slow down and drag on forever.

Isn’t it ironic to think that time is a constant?

It does not slow down or speed up in accordance with life situations. It is only in our minds that it seems this way. We are the only things that change from day to day or even minute by minute.

What makes us change? Is it merely circumstances that cause us to view things so differently? Instead of letting circumstances change us, why don’t we simply change our state of mind around our circumstances?

I know this is easy to say, but difficult to do.

There are so many distractions. In addition to work deadlines and grocery lists, there are family obligations and kid sports, to name a few.

The only thing that we can do is to make the most of our time.

I am talking to myself here too, as it is exceedingly difficult to live life in the moment and to remain undistracted. More than to ourselves, we owe it to those around us. Our children and family want us to be present. They want us to laugh in the moment when someone tells a funny story. Our friends want us to be truly invested in their lives and know the names of those that are important. Our parents want us to reminisce with them to simpler times and funny stories from childhood.

That being said, we also cannot be everything to everybody all the time. Read that again. We all need the reminder. Sometimes, things must wait or simply not get done for the sake of sanity. We all need a second to breathe and recharge.

It is a decision that we all must make consciously. It is something that we must think about on a regular basis.

I try to remember that when being a personal chauffer to my children or when the clothes are still in the dryer. I am learning (slowly, very, very slowly) to give things up that don’t truly matter. I am learning to pick and choose what really must get done in a day. Some things must wait.

I try to remember that no one puts as much pressure on me than the pressure that I put on myself. I am still learning to truly prioritize and the art of letting things go that do not matter.

I will repeat…you cannot be everything to everybody all the time. You just can’t and that is okay.

Time is a gift. Use it wisely!

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