I’ve received three gifts already this holiday season and they all have something to do with time. The first gift, was a NOW CLOCK – the now clock is a clock without hands that says NOW in the middle. The second gift, was an all gold wooden JORD Watch. The third, was an album by my brother @TheBrothaNewz where one of my favorite songs is about time! Rarely do I receive gifts these days, but, for me to receive three gifts that are all associated with the idea of time was.. interesting. I chose the word interesting because I don’t believe in coincidences, I believe everything happens for a reason. So of course, naturally, I’ve been reflecting lately on the concept of time and what my creator might be trying to get me to see.
The NOW Clock, the clock with no hands, I saw as a lesson on mindfulness and being present. We spend so much time worrying about what happened in the past or what we’re going to do in the future that we often miss the beauty in what’s happening right now. I love this constant reminder that the time is now. There is never any better time than the present to do what it is that you want to do or to position yourself with what you have to get there. I’m definitely keeping this right next to my desk as a constant reminder to stay in the now.
You can find this clock on Amazon (search ‘now clock’) and use MINDFUL2 to get a 10% discount.
s/n: Clock with No Hands is also one of my favorite songs by The Roots – kinda cool..
The JORD watch, first of all, is freaking beautiful. I don’t want to take it off. My JORD watch had me thinking about the way that I spend my time. I read in a book recently about how if we have 6 months to do something, it takes us 6 months to get it done. But, if we’re given a week to do the same task, we manage to somehow get it done within the week. This has been an amazing reflection on priorities. Like I said, you want to position yourself to embrace whatever life gives you in the future. If you wan’t to be an expert in your field, you need to be studying. That knowledge doesn’t just drop from the sky. If you wan’t to be the top sales exec, you need to be grinding.. that hangover from Wednesdays Happy Hour isn’t going to get you very far. If you want to be a singer, or painter, or the best mopper alive – you need to be practicing with the time you have now to be the greatest. Know what you want, but focus on what you can do right now to bring that into fruition. What can you do with your present time?
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Lastly, The Hanging Trees, my brothers new album. First of all, dope – just dope. David is my older brother and hands down one of the most influential people in my life. He’s a History and Economics teacher at a High School back home in Kansas by day – but recently, at night, he decided to follow his childhood dreams and drop an album. Straight like that, just dropped one. It’s actually really dope, but of course, another lesson when it comes to time. In his song, he talks about the importance of taking your time with the time you have. We’re all so eager to get to the next phase of our lives and we’re totally missing out on what we have right now. Nothing is guaranteed; not the next breath, the next minute, the next day. So enjoy your life for what it is and where you are. That’s mindfulness in it’s truest form.
Lyrics from Time X @The Brotha News
you can dream away ya time/but sleep is just a waste of livin/and we all on borrowed minutes, so you better live the instant/Stay focused on this instance and don’t lose track of ya time/cuz the sprints become long distance when they keep ya goals confined/you runnin in race and its just you against the seconds/guess the only thing to question is who’s watch is in possession of our time!
Some people say time isn’t real, that it is just an illusion. However you choose to define time, just spend it mindfully. If there’s one thing I know for sure it is that our “time” here on earth is limited. Regardless the measurement you choose to define those limits, we won’t be here forever. Live your life in the moment. Find things you’re passionate about, find someone to care for, find reasons to laugh, travel, learn, love, grow, something – just choose to do more than exist in this world.
For a prayer on direction and clarity, check out Mako Mindfulness: The Little Book of Prayers. Where I share my favorite prayers I say throughout the day.
#MindfulMoment What does time mean to you? How can you be more present?