Are you like millions of us who are wondering ….’Is it just me…or does time seem to be going faster and faster?‘ Research tells us, due to continuously evolving technology, people today are experiencing living in the “fastest times our lives have ever moved.”
As I arrived back home, after my medical appointment yesterday and running some errands, Hallmark Home & Family hosts, Debbie Matenopoulos and Cameron Mathison were interviewing the author of Time Cleanse, Steven Griffith. The interview had already started but what first got my attention was…Griffith’s assignment (he had given each host) to share what smart phone device consumes too much personal time from their daily lives.
Debbie said it was definitely social media…and especially at night before she goes to bed. She thinks she is just going to check out a few people on Facebook she knows….but then looks up an hour later…exhausted…and now unable to go to sleep because she is mad at herself for the loss of time. (Science says that iPhones keep us awake because of the light in them…throwing off our sleep cycle…we should not wait until we are ready to go to bed…to look at our iPhones.)
Cameron says it is checking emails…especially work emails. He finds himself getting up earlier and earlier each morning to get this daily agenda item done…(thinking how smart he is to do this before he goes to work) but he is now sleeping less and exhausted by the time he arrives at work.
The number one excuse today in our country (as to why we didn’t get something important accomplished)…is “I ran out of time.” Griffith suggests we all go on the “time excuse” diet…For one week we are not allowed to use any “time excuses” for not getting something done. This forces us to make better decisions and start taking control of our lives/time rather than acting like victims…and making time out to be the bully. We need to regain the power.
We, also, need to start re-examining our choices of how we use our time and discover what time choices are giving us the best return for the amount of time given.
When one woman did the “time excuse” diet…she discovered that it was her college-age daughter who was slipping through the cracks. So she scheduled a surprise visit and took her to NYC for the weekend for a mother-daughter “reunion.” They both agreed it was the best time they had ever spent together. Now both of them will always have those cherished memories of the trip. She had gotten the very best return of time from her choice of using time wisely for what was most important in her life. Her daughter.
The iPhone hijacks our time…like the Sirens of old…luring us deeper and deeper into another world that has little to do with our own personal sense of fulfillment. We need to learn what is contributing to our overall sense of happiness and what is contaminating it. If it is too much technology…then some serious cut-backs are in order.
By putting this magnet on the back of my iPhone…it reminds me every time I pick it up…to think…is this call or text or email worth the time I will use to perform it?…If it is corresponding with friends and family, loved ones, then probably yes…peeking at total strangers’ and so-so acquaintances’ lives…no!
It was Rutledge who reminded me of this one day when I was with him ….I had taken some pictures of the grandchildren and was doing some editing…while “listening” to what he was telling me…but he knew it wasn’t my full attention. He finally said, “Boo Boo …will you put your phone up so we can talk.” A well- deserved stab in the heart… Ouch!…Editing can wait…the present moment can’t. I can never get that precious conversation back.
So until tomorrow…Let’s all make a list of the ‘time toxins” that are robbing us of living a more purposeful and fulfilling life and then let them go…or at least limit their control over our time…life is short…talking (face to face in the present) with loved ones takes precedence over everything.
“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh
Update: Still waiting to hear back from Gin-g…but Brooke came through her surgery like a champ…home by lunch time and already going to the bathroom by herself and staying ahead of the pain with her meds…she did great.
My liver tests came back “normal” … so no damage has been done to date (while changing oral chemo drugs)…and I got some help with my stomach issues that have plagued me since switching drugs….I am hopeful this will take care of that problem. I want to be able to enjoy spreads like the one Anne made for me. Beautiful salad and deviled eggs! 🙂
Gaining control of technology before it completely controls our lives made me remember Mary Oliver’s beautiful prose about life.