Since the age of sundials people have been measuring how time impacts our lives. And while worrying too much about the clock can be counterproductive, keeping a healthy awareness of the minutes in your day can help you lead a more purpose-driven life!
Here are three noteworthy quotes from famous writers on time – how it affects our ambitions, our habits and our enjoyment of life.
1. “The future is something which everyone reaches at the
rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” (C.S. Lewis)
Time equalizes all; no matter where we stand, all of us receive the same number of minutes each new sunrise. Your future is unwritten, and your greatest aspirations may yet be achieved by moving confidently towards your passions.
2. “If you have an hour, will you not improve that hour,
instead of idling it away?” (Lord Chesterfield)
We cannot control the past or the future. We can only control our actions in the moment at hand. This quote reflects the importance of mindfulness in our lives – the practiced awareness of how our individual habits in the present moment shape the course of our greater existence.
3. “You must have been warned against letting the golden
hours slip by; but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.”
It’s important to watch the clock, but it is equally important to seek moments of unscheduled enjoyment of life. Some minutes and hours need not be recorded and maximized with activity. Time spent in nature, with friends and family or taking in literature and art can be enriching, even if you lose track of the hours now and then.
Finally, all we can do is live our best lives possible in each moment given to us. Think of the past without remorse, keep an eye on the future without worry, and simply do the best you can here, in the present.