Time: Don’t Let the Most Valuable Currency Slip Away

Do you ever notice a man killing time waiting at the table for his date to arrive by looking through his Instagram feed?

Man using phone while waiting for date

Photo: Chris Yang

Every which way you look, someone is either on their phone, has headphones on in listening to music, taking photographs of the beautiful sunset in front of them, or doing all three at once. We live in a time where we can’t just sit still and appreciate something without needing to do something to occupy idle time. People can’t just stop and be okay doing nothing.

Something I’ve realized over the years is that confidence is happiness in your own company. When people are not comfortable being alone, then they quickly try to distract themselves from feeling alone — most of the time, reaching for their smart phones.

We are all given the same amount of time in a day: 24 hours, 1440 minutes, or 86400 seconds.

taking a photo at a concert — watching a concert through phone

Photo: Noiseporn

But, at the end of the day, when the last second passes, all that time is gone.

The most valuable currency in the world — time — can’t be slowed down, paused, exchanged, or refunded. It is limited, in demand, and constantly being misused. Many of us lead very frantic lives with calendars that overflow. There’s constant noise and we’re constantly “connected”. But are we slowly disconnecting with the real world? Today, purposefully decide how you’re going to spend your time.

Be intentional with what you choose to do in your 24 hours.

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