Although you may have a limited number of hours in a day, you do not have limits on what you can do with the 24 hours you do have today. You might think you don’t have a choice, but you do.
Some of the choices you make with your time are commitments, but they are choices nonetheless. For example, you may have committed to go to work, or to your daughter’s soccer game, or to go home and let the dog outside, but you still chose that commitment and could un-choose it if you wanted.
With every thing that you choose to spend time on, there is a cost. Right now, I’m choosing to write. I could be doing anything else I wanted right now, but I’m doing this instead. If I didn’t write this article, I could do any number of things that might give me rewards like fun or money. Not having that fun and money is the cost of writing this article.
Any time you choose to do something, you’re choosing not to do something else.
Your Bucket Has Always Been Full
Here’s another way to think about this. Imagine that you had a bucket, and that bucket was filled to the very maximum. Can you picture it?
That bucket is completely full. If you told me that it couldn’t hold any more water, you would be correct.
But if I told you that I could put more water into it, I would also be correct.
What happens when I pour a cup of water into that full bucket? Some of the water that was in the bucket sloshes out the side.
You control your bucket. It is always full. It has been since the day you were born. As a baby, you had food to eat, diapers to fill, and a crib that wasn’t going to take naps in itself. As an adult, you still have the same amount of time, you just do different things with it.
Doing What You Want
So, if you want more time to do the things that you want, like relaxing, working on something that you’re passionate about, spending time with your family, exercising, thinking, writing….whatever. Just start doing them!
You’ve always had the time to do the things you want, you’ve just chosen to spend it on other things. The things that are important to you have been the water in the cup that you haven’t poured into the bucket because it was already full.
So just pour the cup in already. Your life is too short and too meaningful to die with your music inside of you. Instead of having the things that you’re passionate about be stuck outside of your bucket, pour them in. Let the less important stuff get washed out.
Have a joyful day!
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