“The greatest gift you can give someone is your time because when you give your time, you are giving someone a portion of your time that you will never get back.”

Zy Marquiez
March 29, 2019

As a preamble, the idea for this blog post stems from a conversation I had with my friend nigh a week and a half ago.  The whole point of the notion, ‘you’re on the clock’, simply refers to the amount of time you have left in life.

With that out of the way, the main topic that my friend and I talked about was mindset, though from two separate avenues.  He talked about it through music as he is a musician, and I talked about it through self-directed learning.  This conversation was reminiscent of many conversations I’ve had with people about mindset, and it’s always great to see two distinct angles have one overarching commonality.

How do mindset and time couple, though?

Each of us have plans that we would love to accomplish (don’t we all?), but it never seems like we have enough time.  Moreover, ideas often grow like weeds and it’s incredibly easy to get side-tracked on myriad ideas without focusing on one specifically or logging enough time into that one main project or idea that has been waiting in the wings for quite some time.

What’s worse, time keeps on ticking by: life waits for nobodyThat is a very sobering and disheartening prospect.  Every second that passes, only passes once – once.  This of course is glaringly obvious, and yet, I would argue that everyone including myself donates time by the truck load into the ever present vortex of distraction.

Precision with time is so paramount, that it is my belief that there should be courses taught on this very subject, for it affects all aspects of our lives.

Have travels in mind?  Spend time taking a trip to whatever destination it might be.
Wish to learn more?  Spend more time educating yourself.
You love to help others?  Spend more time aiding others in any way you can.
Need extra income for x, y, or z reason?  Spend more time at work.
Want to have quality time with whomever?  Spend time with that person.

Now, do me a favor, reread the last five sentences and tell me what’s the most important word in all of them.

What did you come up with?  Was it the word time?

My contention would be that time is the second most important word all those sentences.  You could ask, how could that be?  This post is about time, isn’t it?  Certainly, it is.  But time is not something we have control over.  How we spend that time is.  As such, the word I want to home-in on is ‘spend’.

Spending implies something that is used up, consumed or exhausted.  These are sobering words that bring about the implication: time is valuable. 

In fact, so much so that, the full latitude of our lives are spent [there’s a derivative of that word again] in such a way to highlight what?  Key moments in time. 

I do not believe anybody would argue that time isn’t valuable.  However, if it is valuable, how come time is taken for granted by all of us including me?  I can’t answer for everyone else, but I can answer for myself.  I know that although I try and be incredibly precise with my time, I always want to do more, I always need to do more, and yet, I do not do as much as I would like or am able to.  Why so?

Because time, like water, is everywhere – it is a mainstay in our lives.  Its easy to overlook something that’s part of your life, every single day, for the rest of your life.  How many things come close to that?

If time wasn’t gifted to anyone – and it is a gift – and one had to work to purchase it, people would treat seconds like rubies, hours like black pearls and days like treasure chests full of invaluables from times immemorial.  Hell, people would hoard seconds like water in a desert.[1]  Perhaps a perspective similar to that would make all individuals value time more.  It’s certainly something to consider and a rumination I will attempt to focus on quite more daily.

Now to that damn clock: it keeps ticking, it’s always ticking.  What’s the destination of your clock?  Where is your time going?

For me personally, at this moment its writing this very blog.  After that?  I’m uncertain, and I can readily admit that.

Life is full of uncertainties, but how you – the individual – spends their time doesn’t need to be one of them.
[1] These analogies might be something to expand upon in a future post or a write up of a different sort.

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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, and freelance writer who aims at empowering individuals while also studying and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.