Time is a limited commodity. Once, life was simpler and moved at a much slower pace, allowing for relaxing pursuits. As society developed, people became communication-centered and efforts to improve and speed up communication produced today’s world of instant everything. Prognosticators painted a picture of an existence abundant in spare time for all and a world where one could dream of a light work load and a heavy leisure schedule.
Unfortunately, today more than ever, no one seems to have time for anything. Life has become stripped of any of the social niceties that once surrounded human interaction. Instead of making a priority list and handling one task at a time, people are forced to reduce accuracy as part of a time-saving work ethic called multi-tasking. The theory is that if one can juggle a few different jobs simultaneously, more will eventually get completed. Small talk and friendly conversation have been replaced by misspelled text messages and shared photographs conveying little of the warmth that once was part of any encounter, business or social. Even friendly greetings such as letters or holiday cards have been replaced by digital contact.
Topping the list of disappointing features of our hi-tech existence is the fact that one rarely gets to do what one wants to do. Many make promises to themselves: When I have time… When I retire … Somehow THAT situation never happens. The things one really wants to do get pushed off by other priorities.
Some people declare a desire to do something, but it’s not what they really want. It’s a value statement of what they feel they SHOULD do. If you really want to do something, you will. An indicator of what your priority will be “when you have time” … is what you choose to do now, when busy.
One More Second: Another Thought for the Day
Spontaneous personal prayer is the highest level of worship, and is most beneficial. You should set aside a certain time to be alone in a room… expressing your thoughts before G-d. Make use of arguments and persuasion, with words of grace, longing and petition, supplicating G-d and asking that He draw you to serve Him in truth. (Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, A Call to the Infinite, p. 102)
Rabbi Raymond Beyda serves in the Sephardic Community in Brooklyn, N.Y. He lectures to audiences all over the world. He has distributed over 500,000 recorded lessons free of charge. He is author of the book 1 Minute With Yourself: A Minute a Day to Self-Improvement.