Sunday, 12 August 2012

Stop wishing for time to go faster

"I wish this week/day would fly by," you often hear people say.  In most cases it's because they want the weekend to arrive or maybe their annual leave is imminent.  Sometimes they just want a respite from work.  For them this day needs end soon if they are to be happy again.

It's an illusion to think some days are better than others.  The day is neutral; it's what we do with that day that makes it what it is.  What is often referred to as a "big day" is merely a climax of prior preparation and anticipation.  Swimming for a gold medal, delivering a good speech or closing a deal had days or years of work going on behind that success.

Furthermore no single day of preparation is more important than the other.  Each day of preparation forms the foundation for the next.  For instance on Monday you may have written the opening of your speech; on Tuesday you would have conducted some research; during Wednesday you could have written the body of the speech; concluded, edited and proofread it on Thursday; and rehearsed it on Friday.  All this preparation culminates into that "big day" when you deliver your speech to an audience.  Remove any one of those days and the actual delivery of your speech would be flawed.

Every moment is consequential to the next and no single moment in time is less important than another.  If you think of any event in life you will see that this principle always applies.

People will wish for time to pass, then will subsequently complain with a jaded expression at how time flies.  If you feel time is dragging, it's a good thing.  Don't ever wish for time to go faster.  If you do, it means you're wasting it.

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