Isn’t it funny that we say things like “It feels like a Thursday” or that the week went really fast? We look at our weeks or days or months and each has a certain resonance. A Tuesday may feel like Tuesday because it is the day we put out the garbage, or it is the day we order pizza, and then if something comes up to change our day, we are thrown off. We feel like it is a different day.
But of course you know that there is only now, this minute, this second. Linear time marches on regardless and the truth is that even if we accept our conception of time as real, people on the other side of the world are experiencing a different day anyway. So whatever day you think it is, it is just that day in this time zone at the moment, and will soon melt into the next time segment.
Although there is only the now, it is sometimes nice to look forward to certain days, but that comes with a flip side: while we look forward to the days we enjoy, we stress about the days we want to avoid, like Monday morning. But we can change the way we think about that.
By looking at time in a different way, we can alter our perception of our weeks. We may still have to take out the garbage when it is garbage day, but we can order pizza on Saturday instead of Tuesday, and we can change many of our weekly rituals. There is comfort in routine, but breaking out of the box once in a while can be refreshing.
While some talk about their passions all day long, or are working in a field they are passionate about, others are hard pressed to even name one. Some people try to find what their passions are by dabbling in this or that, or they use more intricate strategies to find a passion. But passions are not difficult to uncover.
What attracts you? What do you enjoy spending time doing? When do you lose track of time? When you are engaged in something you are passionate about, time flies. You forget about time because you are truly connected to your inner self. You are enjoying life and living in the moment. Such an experience is a gift because most of us spend an inordinate amount of time taking care of our responsibilities or doing things for others. In fact, it is because passions are so desirable that people try to match their work to them. If you can earn a living by doing what you love, your life will be that much better.
Everyone comes into this incarnation with a unique blueprint, and so your passions may be different from the passions of others in your life. You may find that you love to carve little animals out of soap, or that you enjoy sailing or snorkeling where you can dance with the current of the ocean. You may find that climbing a mountain or collecting dolls or uncovering your roots or solving a mystery is something you enjoy. You may just revel in lying in the sun, drenched in lotion, while reading the latest bestseller. Whatever it is does not matter. That you uncover it can add pleasure to your life.
So, what is your passion? If you still do not know, that’s okay. Discovering what you are truly passionate about is part of the fun.
Last week, we wrote about exercise and whether or not you are really all that active, but many of you cannot figure out how to fit exercise into your already busy day.
The answer is simple. When you think about it, we all have 168 hours in our weeks. No one has more time than anybody else. So it is really how we use our time that matters. If you currently do no exercise and decide that you will devote 30 minutes six days per week to exercise, you will still be left with 165 hours for the rest of the week’s tasks. And think of this: the three hours each week you spend exercising will give you more time because you will not only start to lose weight, you will gain energy as a result. That’s right. If you think you will be more tired than you are now, think again. Exercise actually gives you more energy, and as you lose weight, you will want to be more active.
So when do you have the time to exercise? If you work full-time, you can wake up earlier. If you have a treadmill at home, use that, or go for a walk or run outside or go to the gym. Many fitness centers are open 24 hours a day, or at least are open very early in the morning.
Some of you may prefer to exercise in the evening. A walk after dinner has the advantage of revving up your metabolism after you have eaten. If your workplace has a gym or exercise room, take advantage of that. If not, you can still take a walk or a jog during your lunch hour. Run first. Then, eat something healthy.
And if you don’t work outside of the home, your schedule is even more flexible. Just make a decision to do it, and plan exactly when you are going to exercise. Once you make a plan, you are likely to stick to it.