"Don't waste your time."
A great phrase we often hear or think. Its meaning, however, varies from person to person.
Let me share my view:
1) Existence happens in the dimension of the timeless now.When we think about what "is to come" or what "has come" we can compare against our standards. If the particular "passage" seems supportive of our journey we consider it "productive". If it supports our goals and leads to our desired outcomes it is "well worth invested".
This view supports our self-esteem by substantiating our sense of progress. Contemplative traditions and practices like Zen and Mindfulness can enrich us with their contribution. They remind us of the preciousness and completeness of the "present moment". In the immediacy of facing our own minds during meditation or self-observation, this becomes obvious.
The "now" is complete before labelling, perfect beyond comparisons, all-pervading without location. You cannot hold or waste it. You can make the most of it through alignment and unity with it.
The ideal balance then is to (a) prioritise doing what you consider meaningful and (b) remain present for and aware of every moment of your life.
2) The notion of "personal time" is a seductive deception.
We use it to describe some of our "most precious" moments. (I know we "introverts" enjoy doing that)
In reality "time" is universal. It is the continuous framework of existence. Because you ARE, you can conceive "time". Your perception determines what happens in "your" time.
Realise, with a well-directed attention, all time is "yours". Being present for each moment is what makes it "yours."
3) When you are in deep sleep, have you pondered the question what time it is? Without the mind, there is no time.
By selecting a "beginning" and an "end" we manufacture a "period". In reality, ALL ... IS. The existence of "events" depends on your perception.
Use your most powerful ally, your mind, by creating helpful time narratives. When you want to see change now, imagine the journey. Then, make the journey one moment at a time with joy and inspiration.
The next time you hear or think "Don't waste your time"...
Remind yourself of the preciousness of time, of the present moment.
See how it aligns with your calling and supports your journey.
Make it "yours" by giving it your undivided attention.
Realise that time is "happening" in your perception and not the other way around.
Be "your" time, "don't waste it."