In a photography book I was reading yesterday I read that we have 1,440 moments each day at our disposal. This following quote was taken from that book, “Today, be aware of how you are spending your 1,440 beautiful moments and spend them wisely.” It is quoted but has an unknown source…apparently the person was too busy with the thought of their moments to put their name to what may be quoted in the future.
I have to agree with the number part of that statement and do understand the meaning of “paying attention” to what we do with our time, but find it interesting because so much of our time is not under our control, is it?
If we sleep 8 hours a night (which most of us don’t but I am just using it as an example) then 480 moments of the 1,440 moments in a day are gone…right off the top…just like a puff of smoke! Now, you only have 960 moments in your day to be pressured about. Ahhh! Doesn’t that feel better?
Then we have the moments in the day that someone else needs us to help them with something…be it a child or adult. On average, that is about 2 hours, so there goes another 120 moments of your day.
Then you have another 40 moments of exercise and 10 minutes to squeeze yourself into those exercise clothes and 15 minutes to take them off after they are all sweaty…there goes that time too! Don’t forget the shower again…another 15 minutes out of your day and then to dry your hair, 10 more minutes, clean out the locker and pack your dirty clothes away…another 10 minutes to get to the car…down to 745 moments.
Then, checking for messages on email and/or your phone can be a large chunk of your day…say 3 hours…565…oh, and eating takes up another 2 hours out of your precious moments because you have to either shop for the ingredients or wait for it to be served to you at a restaurant…down to 445 moments.
Then we have to include the 2 hours of drive time to get to work and home in the traffic…down to 325…then our conversation on the phone or in person take another 2 hours during our waking hours…down to 205 now. We also waste…I mean use about 30 minutes for daydreaming.
Oh darn, you just remembered Johnny has a practice game tonight, so there goes another 2 hours of your day just getting everyone there on time and watching the practice.
You return home and have to sort the mail, pay the bills, and supervise bath time…down to 10 minutes and that is all yours! Whew! Don’t you feel better knowing you spent your time wisely and still had time left over for you? Aren’t you glad you paid attention to your moments?????
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