The end of time
Between all the books, apps, keynote speakers, management consultants, productivity pornographers, self-appointed self-help gurus, and corporate reorganizations, time management is probably at least a billion-dollar-a-year industry.
The problem with all this is that time can’t be managed.
We’ve been seduced by the notion that if we can measure something we can manage it.
Every day, there are probably thousands of articles written about time management—something that simply doesn’t exist.
That doesn’t stop us from spending billions of dollars on it, though.
You may be able to manage your actions to a certain extent. You may have a good handle on your general attitude and mindset about most things. You may be able to even show up on time. You just can’t control time, much less, manage it.
In fact, the only thing we can do with time is live in the present moment, and everyone knows how popular that is.
Our fantasies are much more entertaining. Procrastination is much more engaging. Planning and working toward goals is much more satisfying than the present moment. Rushing headlong into the future regardless of the messes we leave in our wake… now that’s what we’re really good at.
In fact, ‘anything but the present moment’ could be a good tagline for the human species.
Truth be told, we are not really managing anything. Our intoxication with ourselves has convinced us we are gods. We think we can do anything we want without consequences.
We are not managing time or anything else. We are drunks stumbling through the darkness looking for our car so we can drive home drunk and sleep it off.
It should be apparent, but somehow isn’t, that this approach isn’t working out very well. In turn, that should suggest, we may need to change our thinking. Change our minds.
Stop limiting our hearts and making them do mind things.
It will take changing our minds so we can find the reasons to make better choices. It will take changing our minds so we can see consequences and their causes.
It will take changing our minds so our minds are willing to work with our hearts instead of ignoring the wisdom inherent in them.
We must change on a fundamental level.
We must change on a massive scale.
We must change before we can no longer do it.
Obviously we need a miracle. If you want to attribute that miracle to God or to magic or to people working with the laws of nature, it doesn’t matter. We all still need to do our part.
It’s the least we can do.
Spread the word.
Let’s dream together.
Originally published @ steverigell.com