The expression “haste makes waste” means doing something too quickly causes mistakes that result in time, effort and resources being wasted. The same can be said for how we choose to spend our days. It’s amazing how quickly the nights go when we get home from work and just sit on the couch watching TV. Idle hours pass fast! The cost of “relaxation” is expensive. We’ve wasted our most valuable resource: time! We don’t get to purchase, bargain, beg, steal or borrow more time. The more we choose to be productive with our waking hours, the more we get out of our days, and the longer the days feel.
Inevitably, a good deal of the hours we have each day are predetermined for working and obligation. If we spend our free time choosing only to “recover” from the energy spent on obligation, fulfillment will always be out of reach. When we put effort, even small effort, into choosing to make our bodies, minds and relationships stronger, our days are extended by the experiences we create for ourselves. Hospitals are filled with people forced to be still, and what is the most common wish? To get better so they can get back to doing. They don’t wish to be better to go home and be idle. They wish to have the time to be active. Being present and in the moment cheats time because the present is always, while the past is gone and the future is uncertain.