How would you finish the sentence, “I wish I had more—”? After basic needs are met, many people say they’d like more time. Me too. Life is too full for all I want to do.
What would “enough time” look like? More hours in a day, more weeks in a month, a longer lifespan? When I juggled job, family, and volunteerism, my fantasy was of six extra hours a day that belonged only to me. If everyone else received the same extra hours, nothing would change. Earth would just rotate more slowly on its axis. A longer orbit around the sun might make for more days in a year but I doubt it would satisfy my craving for time.
These days when I beg the universe for more time, it may mean I want clearer priorities, or fewer obligations, or higher energy, or looser deadlines. If you could wave a magic wand to give you enough time, what exactly would you be asking for?
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