Almost every day I get an email or FaceBook post from an inspiring woman friend containing some variation on the following messages:
- We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
- Be the change you wish to see in the world.
- Our time is NOW.
I’m a believer. I believe Western women will lead the creation of New Economy. I believe sacred balance between the masculine and feminine, projective and receptive energies must be attained if we’re to survive and thrive on Gaia. I believe in a sustainable, ecologically sensitive future grounded in respect for the Earth and her peoples is the only one which makes sense.
But I’ve noticed something else about those aspirations. In order to realize our own potentials as divine feminine reservoirs for overflowing abundance, we have to become very conscious of the way we spend our time.
Notice the word “spend.” Time is finite, non-renewable. It is current, and it has currency. The way we use our time matters. Do you use your time consciously?
In some settings, we laugh about “hippie time” or “natural time.” We mean there’s no sense of purpose or urgency about the way we use time. Sometimes, working with the concept of altered time, or time out of time, a good thing, if it’s a conscious way to access being present in the now by releasing the trappings of the future and past.
These last weeks, I’ve learned something else about time. As part of our cognitive function, awareness of time and timing is one of the first things to go as a toll exacted by stress and burnout. When we interact with others, time is exacting. If we miss an appointment, it makes others feel de-valued. If we are late to a conference call, it makes others feel de-valued. And if we de-value others, we de-value ourselves. It’s as though we’re discounting the value of our lives, placing our personal power on the clearance aisle.
Benjamin Franklin coined the phrase “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” When we are conscious about our use of time, and “spend” it well, it’s possible to aspire to sustainable abundance and prosperity throughout our lives.
Please share your own insights about time.