November 23, 2010

Time



Recently I've been told by any number of people that "oh, you're retired so you have time for that..." or "you have all the time in the world...." And I guess they're right...to a point. I try to point out to them that I don't have any more time then they do....my day still only has 24 hours just like theirs. The difference is in how I use this time. Unlike them I do have more leeway on what I do with the time...for the most part I make the decisions on what and when I do something. I have a lot more flexibility when I make appointments and when I run errands and so forth. Which is nice...to a point....

Now I know this is going to sound like a whine...but...I have found that with this discretion, comes new responsibilities! I find myself wondering...what should I be doing right now? Should I do this first? And...how much time should I be spending on a particular task or project? Or how about this....wondering if I should be doing something else while I'm doing...something else. Like right now! As I write this post, in the back of my mind I'm wondering if the paint is dry on one side of a project I'm working on so I can paint the other side....or I just remembered that there was a photo I meant to edit so I could get out on my Etsy site. See....a whole new set of constraints!!!  Yes, "I have the time" but now it's become...."am I using it the right way?" I can't blame any "waste of time" on someone else. It's all me. Yet....I wouldn't want it any other way....because I am learning that it's not wasting time to stop what I'm doing and enjoy a fall sunset. And I'm looking forward to quietly enjoying the Christmas season...'cause I have the time!

6 comments:

Aubrey Studebaker said...

I get exactly what you're saying. It is the whole grass is always greener thing. When we don't have time we worry about not getting to do all the things we would really like to do w/ the said time. When we have plenty of time we worry that we are squandering it! Totally been there.

Dave said...

Amen!

Felicity said...

I love the eyes in this piece.

-Felicity
http://felicitylingle.blogspot.com

Dave said...

Thanks, Felicity! They do seem to follow you...I added them as an afterthought & I'm glad I did!

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

I love this piece! And...I know what you mean about time! I keep a daily "to-do" list and it nearly fills a page.

Dave said...

My to-do lists are the same way...I keep one for the week and then make a new one every day just for that day!! It's nuts!!!