How do you spend it? Do you have enough left over? Do you feel you have a good return on your investment? I speak here of the spending of time.
There are two blessings that many people fail to make the most of: good health and free time.
[Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, from Sahîh Bukhârî]
Reading this quote today triggered something inside me. I saw it while I was perusing somebody’s web page on a message board (a person who is completely unknown to me…)
Do you, like me, find yourself thinking, there are simply not enough hours in the day! ? Do you see so many people around you suffering from one illness or the other? If its not something like allergies or diabetes, then its either heart problems, cancer, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease…or things like insomnia or fatigue. Its as though we are surrounded by these mini-catastrophes. While ill health may be something we cannot really avoid, if we are living healthy and productive lifestyles (eating right, exercising, and working), how about the lack of free time? Do we really have to be so busy all the time? And are we really busy…or are we distracting ourselves from really living?
When I stop to think about the various things I do spend time on, I know I can totally do without at least half of those things. For example, blog hopping, reading the news, MSN chatting, message boards…those are all utilizations of my so-called “free time.” But is time really free? And if time isn’t really free, then shouldn’t I be doing better things?
What are better things you could be doing with your time? For me, its various and sundry things around the house: sewing, baking, babying my roses, reading Qur’an, reading more Islamic literature (from more authentic, real sources than what can be had online.) About six months ago, I almost completely eliminated the bother of reading the news. About 3 months ago, I reduced chatting on MSN to a few close friends, and only once every couple of weeks–otherwise, I simply do not sign in. And a couple weeks ago, to reduce the distractions that my favorite bloggers pose (you know who you are! 🙂 ), I deleted all blog bookmarks (no offense to any one you! )from my browsers, and put them into Bloglines. This way, I only visit blogs that Bloglines marks as updated, and just once a day…coz I am too lazy to log into Bloglines! Has this made a difference? You betcha! As soon as my thesis is over, I intend to keep my laptop shut down for 22 out of 24 hours. Inshallah! Because time is one of the free commodities that our Creator has given us–and if I am already feeling it slip away on nothing, I might just live to regret it. Also, being behind this box gives me very little to blog about! 😛
How could you value your time better? What are ways you can find so that you can stop saying I have no time, I am too busy? Inquiring minds wanna know! 🙂