I suspect in the days of Plato time seemed to move more slowly than today. When seven year olds tell you that the year has gone quickly you know that time is speeding up. Most of us wonder how, each year Christmas seems to come around quicker than the year before.
The main reason time seems to fly is that we are all so busy. This is with our work, our families, our interests and of course technology, which has us “plugged in” 24/7. This raises the next question, which is can we, slow things down? And in doing so will that help stress levels.
The key driver of stress is feeling out of control. The feeling that events are happening around you and to you and that you are powerless to influence them. And the more that seems to be happening, the more stressed we can feel.
This is where modern technology can be a help or hindrance. If we get caught up in every event from around the globe it will be overwhelming. And to be blunt we can’t solve everyone else’s problems from afar. But we can also be more connected to friends and family than ever before.
The passing recently of a popular, local breakfast radio host reminds us that life can change in an instant. It also reminds us that our hold on life may be more tenuous that we like to think.
This means that we need to enjoy each day. It means that we need to give hugs to those we care about and make sure they know we do care about them. It means that we need to spend our time doing what makes us happy and that have purpose. It means we may need to reassess commitments and reduce those that cause stress and angst.
Time is the only finite resource we have. Not one of us knows how much we have left. As another New Year rapidly approaches invest some time thinking about how you use your time and could it be better spent.