What If Time Was…?

By April 17, 2012Inspiration

What if time...?Time is one of those things we all wrestle with. We are all given the same amount each day. We wake-up; we do work; we interact with family and friends. We repeat. After a time series flips forward, we wonder where it all went, especially when we don’t have too much to really show for it.

What if we treated time differently? Would this make a difference in how we use it?

What if time was an object?

If time was an object, we would grab on to it firmly. We may treat it like a pen or keyboard and actively write a meaningful life story. We may embrace it like a piece of art, understanding the full value while sharing it with many.

The danger may be that, as an object, time sits on a shelf, collecting dust.

What if time was a recipe?

If time was a recipe, we would select the right ingredients to create something enticing and nourishing. As we tried to perfect the recipe, we might try different items to craft something new or spice up the result.

The danger may be that, as a recipe, time becomes like a cookbook, taking someone else’s creation to claim as our own.

What if time was a ticket?

If time was a ticket, we would let it take us to new places, gaining fresh experiences and expanding our horizons. We would understand different cultures, soak in environmental beauty, and interact with unique communities. We would view life as an adventure.

The danger may be that, as a ticket, time would become just a destination, ignoring the daily challenges and forgetting those closest to us.

What if time was a field?

If time was a field, we would plant seeds with great faith and hope of harvesting abundance as seasons unfolded. We would use our time to get our hands dirty in caring for the soil from which good, enriching things would spring from.

The danger may be that, as a field, time would be rushed to results by adding too many chemical additives or skipping a reasonable, refreshing rotation.

What if time was ours?

Time is ours. It is not a “what if” question. It is ours to show, mix, go, and plant.

  • Our time illustrates who we are as a person.
  • Our time contains a mix of actions taken, relationships built, and words spoken.
  • Our time shows where we have been and where we are headed.
  • Our time produces as much as we put into it, if not more.

It is our choice on what we do with our time.

Jon Mertz
Jon Mertz is one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business and highlighted as one of the Leaders to Watch in 2015 by the American Management Association. He also is the author of Activate Leadership: Aspen Truths to Empower Millennial Leaders. Jon serves as vice president of marketing at Corepoint Health. Outside of his professional life, Jon brings together a community to inspire Millennial leaders and close the gap between two generations of leaders.
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  • Jody Lee says:

    Dear Jon, what if time is ours is the best that I am longing for. You showed not only the right attitude how to manage time. So many waiting for the right place, right person, right solution, right opportunity, but the best offer is ours. Regards, Jody

  • Deeone Higgs says:

    Great message here, Jon! We indeed are given the same amount of time, day in and day out. Using what we’ve been given wisely, is where we differ from one another. We have a choice to make each time we awaken to a new day, and every choice we make will deliver an outcome or result, based on those decisions. I believe it’s those that recognize the preciousness of time that get the most out of the time they’re given. They are also the ones that have more to show for the time they use. Thanks for sharing your insights on this. Great read mate! 🙂

  • Patrick Ross says:

    An interesting post. Lately I feel that time is a currency, and many people and projects are demanding payment. I need to make sure I hold enough back to sustain myself.

    • Jon M says:

      Another great way to think about time and, in this case, “balancing” the deposits and withdrawals (maybe). Thanks, Patrick, for your comment! Jon

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