How To Slow Down Time, Seriously

January 11, 2012

I opened one of my journals from a year and a half ago. The entry that caught my eye was, “How the days fly by! Oh time, where have you gone?” Do you ever feel like the year that just passed went by so fast that maybe the rest of your life will pass and you’ll be 80 before you know it wondering where your life went?  Is life flying by at a speed that scares the heck out of you? I remember thinking this all the time!

It felt like I was trying to start REALLY living each year, and meanwhile, life was passing me by. Life wasn’t how I had imagined it would be when I got to where I was. I was supposed to look like… I was supposed to have done… My marriage was supposed to be… bla, bla, bla.

So why is this? We all live each minute of each day that we are alive. Why do some people look at their lives and feel fulfilled and time seems to be on their side, while others of us seem to always be playing catch up and time passes way too quickly?

I think the difference is goals.

Without goals we are like a ship sailing around the ocean with no compass. How will it ever reach it’s destination? It won’t!

I used to baulk at the idea of setting goals. It seemed too confining, “I just want to live life freely,” I would say. And I did. And I got pretty much nowhere. Mind you, I had ideas of what I wanted to do and what I thought the future would look like, but no plan of action as to how to get there. I was the ship sailing without a compass, and I felt like it too.

We all want to have lived a full, meaningful, purposeful life, right? That’s what goals do. You want to live so that years don’t just fly by? Set some goals and be amazed at what you can accomplish in a short period of time. No longer does time seem to steal life from you. We are in control of navigating the time we have been given. Each day, each minute.

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people that get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them!

– George Bernard Shaw

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  • Reply Jennifer Bertoldo January 12, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Love that quote! And you are right, goal setting can keep us focused on what we want our life to look like. We have ours set for 2012, in every area from work, to family, to spiritual, to finances, to relationships, to personal development. To set mine, I looked back at 2011 and focused on where I fell short. In what areas was my life not what I wanted it to be, or what I feel it should be. I found that I had to get more specific in those areas with my 2012 goals, to work harder in the areas where I fell short the year before. This year my driving goal is simplicity in living and focus on things that truly matter. Good post!

    • Reply Claudia Good January 12, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Love it Jennifer!
      I also found looking back to gain perspective, helpful… then I was able to move forward and change what needed to be changed.
      What things are you doing to create more simplicity in your life?

  • Reply Crystal Good January 15, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    oh my goodness… “I used to baulk at the idea of setting goals. It seemed too confining, “I just want to live life freely,” I would say.” When i read that i felt like you were speaking about me! ha i’ve been realizing that’s exactly what i do. I never liked goals because they seems like a bother and took away from ‘living freely & just enjoying everyday’. But since being home from New Zealand and working and living, I have many ideas and inspirations but lack the practical steps of how to get from here to there. So lately i’ve been realizing this. And it made me smile when i read what you wrote, cause i compleeeetly relate!
    Here’s to a great year ahead, where i will be INTENTION about taking the practical steps in getting where i desire to go.

    • Reply Claudia Good January 16, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Crystal! It took me a long time to get to this point, didn’t trust that those people that planned things out and stuff actually had any fun! But like you said, I too had many ideas and inspirations, but no way of getting there. Was super Frustrating!
      So, here’s to you and your goals my dear sis…You will go far with them! Very far! You beautiful girl you 🙂

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