Filling Time

Written by on July 13, 2007 in Conversations on the Healing Journey with 0 Comments

Today, a friend of mine and I talked about trying to find time to do all the projects we want to do. We talked about how we engage in one project and then another, and the frustration we feel in wanting to do it all.

This brought to mind people we’ve run into who took mundane jobs to give them “something to do”. This always boggles my mind. I can see working at a job one doesn’t care for to make ends meet or to bring home a paycheck. There are times we need to do what we need to do to take care of our families, to meet our obligations.

In this narcissistic society, we tend to think that self actualization somehow means entitlement, when it actually means developing the character and discipline to accomplish the steps to reach our goals, and to seek the blessing each step might have to offer us.

But to take a job that does not challenge or fulfill, just to fill up time, just to give us something else to do other than watch television or “sit around” all day just blows me away.

“Having nothing to do” looks different to different people. To me, it’s the exact opposite of boredom. Having nothing to do would mean not having anything to do for others.

“Having nothing to do” would look like a fluffy quilt, soft couch and hot cup of tea…or ice tea in the summer with the AC running or an open window with lovely breeze blowing, and lots of books, both old friends and yet to be introduced, lying around for me to read. I’d start in the morning and go throughout the day into the evening with a break every now and then to perhaps weed my flower garden or go for a walk.

If I were independently wealthy or had the financial support so that all my survival needs were met, I would absolutely have no trouble filling up my days. In fact, my biggest problem would be filling it up with too many things, which is my problem today. So, in that sense, money wouldn’t change that aspect of my life at all.

And I like it that way. I’d rather have the challenge of having to narrow down my projects than feeling compelled to fill my time with something, anything to give me something to do…to have to kill time.

Because time is my friend, and I want lots of it around. Because sooner or later, we’re all going to run out of it.

About the Author

About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, using spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. Demian is a traveler on the healing journey with a lifelong love affair with the creative process. .


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