While I was driving home from work, stuck in insane traffic, I realized something: man, we waste some time every once in a while.
I don’t mean like playing Warcraft wasting time (and I have some friends who would argue that that is the exact opposite of wasting time), I mean like being inefficient with our time. Sometimes we have work to do, but we end up spending a few hours in front of the television, sometimes we have to poop, and other times we spend an hour in traffic to go 14 miles.
I don’t want to suggest that we all get smartphones, staying connected to everything at all points of the day, I’m just saying that every once in a while we should be mindful of what we are doing.
I don’t have enough spare time to sit around listening to music. I just don’t. But pretty much every Tuesday and Thursday (I get out of work later on those days, and I can’t avoid the traffic, as there’s one way to get home from work) I have about an hour to listen to music. So I put a mixed CD in, or I listen to the radio, and I try my best to remember that I’m not in traffic, listening to a CD; instead, I’m listening to a CD, and I just happen to be in traffic. It’s a slight but important distinction.
- physical self: 10 minutes of cardio and 15 push-ups
- mental self: problem-solved an alternative business model for a musician friend (“Give it all away” was my hopefully-good-advice)
- emotional self: noticed that I have jealousy issues, and that they’re probably rooted in some sort of attention-seeking disorder
- spiritual self: neglected. But really, can you neglect your spiritual self if you interact with humans? Hmmm.