“The only reason for time, is so
that everything doesn’t
happen at once.”
— Albert Einstein
I learned this lesson from a friend several years ago.
She had two homes, one is Europe and one in the U.S. When she was in Europe, she was sad and frustrated because she missed her home and family in the U.S. And when she was in the U.S., she was frustrated and sad because she missed her home and family in Europe. (I mean, we should all have these problems, right?)
She really wanted to live in both places. She didn’t want to give up either one. And even though she split her time between continents, it was unsatisfying. In fact, she was miserable. We talked about it often, nearly every time we spoke. And finally I blurted out, “The only way you can resolve this is to be where you are.”
Try this: do one thing at at time, focus on what you’re doing and think about that instead of something else you’d rather be doing.
wow, Susan, I feel this was written for me, I just came off a beautiful 10 day vacation in Florida, and as I start to write my very long to do list to catch up and move forward, I was wondering how I was going to get everything done, I am going to focus on one item at a time and enjoy the task, Thank you
thank you, thank you for this wise insight. as i am preparing for my long journey to india, i am constantly feeling bound up by all the to-do’s, the checklists, the question of whether or not i am ready. i am forgetting WHY i am going–to have the experience of a lifetime–and i have been letting the smallest of details get in the way of that vision. i shall look at each little task with with good intention of what it is going to bring me, and try to stay in the moment and enjoy each of them…time is so fleeting otherwise. thank you for reminding me of the gift of NOW!