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Take Time ...

One thing we all have in common is the amount of time we each have in a day. 24 hours. Not a second more - not a second less.

When we say we don't have the time to do something, what are we really saying? Is it not just an excuse? Sometimes the activity doesn't really interest us, so we pretend we don't have the time to do it as a way of getting out if it, but sometimes it's something we really want to do, yet still say we don't have the time. There could be a lot of issues in play here, but I just want to focus on one - making the time.

It's not really possible to 'make time' is it? So what do we mean when we say we have to 'make time' to do something?

Well, for me, it's setting aside time, prioritising and making that time available. I'm saying this at 11 o'clock tonight, having not 'had the time' to write even a short piece for my blog before now. I admit it, life does get in the way, and if we're not careful, it will pass by without us having spent time doing the things we really enjoy doing.

Now I'm not saying that some of the things that have taken priority for me today haven't been enjoyable. I spent a good portion of the evening with friends, doing a bit of research on our family history. This certainly was not an onerous task, but it has pushed my blog writing schedule a bit further back.

I guess my point is, if you want to do something but feel you don't have the time, you need to push things around a little. Spend a bit less time being distracted by the things you don't want to do, and spend a bit more time doing the things you are so passionate about.

I'm a primary culprit. Despite always having loved to write, particularly during my primary school and college years, I let life intervene. I did write things such as poems, lyrics, short stories, and the beginnings of about ten novels - not an exaggeration there - but I stopped for a very long time, and even threw some of it away. (As an aside, never do that! You will regret it later, that I can promise you!)

I have some sound advice for you (and me) ... stop making excuses and just do it. Live your life. Love your life. Take the time to find your destiny and grasp it with both hands. You only have 24 hours in a day. Use them wisely.

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