Ten Ways to Live Time Abundantly

                                                              By Christine Louise Hohlbaum

The stack of books tumbled from my arms onto the floor. One look from the librarian told me I had better slow down or else. She even uttered the words. “Sometimes doing things slowly can actually be faster.”

Should I tell her I wrote the book on it? I opened my mouth, then, thought better of it. I had, after all, potentially damaged her property. What she didn’t know was I was conducting an experiment. Depending on your perspective, I was either failing or succeeding. I had decided to see what would happen if I actually went against the principles of the power of slow. What if I left the house in a busy state of mind, tried to cram five errands into thirty minutes, and attempted to make it to the auto mechanic for my 11 a.m. appointment? The librarian’s words proved the point.

You are more productive when you go slowly.

I breathed in the slow, releasing the cloak of busyness I had purposely donned, then drove the speed limit to the mechanic’s. I arrived right on time.

The power of slow says time is your friend, not your foe. When you embrace time with an abundant attitude, you actually have more of it. You can expand your experience of time itself simply through your mindset. Time savoring raises your awareness of what you have in the here and now. By enjoying the moment, you make decisions informed by that abundance. Time abundance, much like time starvation, is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

When asked if I would want one more hour in the day, I say “No. I have more than enough time.” It seems like an odd-ball answer to a question most people answer with a resounding yes! The truth of the matter is time is a construct we designed. It is an organizing principle to help us make sense of our lives (and to meet up at the same moment at Starbucks). So if it’s not real, why do we treat it like the monster under our bed? Oh right. He’s not real either. Maybe, just maybe, time starvation is in our minds.

Our collective urgency, fear and yearning to stuff more into our day are merely symptoms of a much larger issue: how we relate to time itself.

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