Let’s start a conversation:

If I were to ask you, “How are you today?”
would you be more likely to respond…

A. Fine thank you.
B. Not so great.
C. I’m so busy.
or
D. I have all the time in the world.

Lately I would be leaning a little more toward C. I’d been feeling a little over-committed lately, and a little time poor: Work, family, bills, chores. Rinse and repeat. I’d been dreaming of taking a holiday all by myself. Or at least having time to work on my new creative and business ideas without interruption. But escape seemed impossible. Until today…

 

Today I had to go into Byron Bay for an appointment.

And I happened to bring my swimmers with me. And it just so happened that today was a warm, sunny autumn day. And the bay looked it’s best: clear, calm and inviting. So after my appointment I went for a quick swim. The water was surprisingly warm, and a quick dip turned into a long soak.

My swim progressed to a sunbathe to dry myself off, which turned into some cloud-and-sunbeam watching, entranced by the little rainbows shown up amongst them by my polarised sunnies. The voices of backpackers drifting by chatting in their native tongue, waves gently crashing and distant djembe drums.

No kids, no husband, no gadgets, no interruptions, and no time restrictions. Just me, the beach and my thoughts. My office felt very far away and I felt like I was on holiday (sorry clients, but you can wait just a little bit longer…)

It was just for an hour, but I’d found a way to hack my system: because I acted as if I had no schedule, it felt like all day.

It may not have been a complete holiday, but just for a moment I felt like I had all the time in the world.

 

Which brings me back to my question:

If I were to ask you, “How are you today?”
would you be more likely to respond…

A. Fine thank you.
B. Not so great.
C. I’m so busy.
or
D. I have all the time in the world.

My own response is usually either A, B, or C, depending on how I’m feeling and who I’m talking to. The thought of answering D has never really occurred to me until today, and to be honest the idea – although deliciously inviting – kind of freaks me out. Yet that’s how I would like to feel most of all in my day. And I realise that on most days I don’t.

I’ve noticed that our society’s customarily accepted ‘fine thank you’ is becoming replaced by the phrase ‘I’m soooo busy’. It’s like being busy validates us. I’m trying to be mindful of not making this my answer anymore. I don’t want to affirm my busy-ness, really I want to rebel against it. But why is it so weird to say ‘I have all the time in the world’?

What stops me? Guilt? Or maybe it’s a fear that if I allow time to open up, someone is going to try and steal it for me. Sometimes I feel like I’m not allowed to have free time. Actually most of the time I feel this way.

From now on I’m reframing my thoughts. I want to affirm to myself: I have all the time in the world, and see what happens.

 

So now I’m putting it to you:

“I have all the time in the world.”

What does it mean to you? What do you think would happen if you responded with this?

Express your thoughts in the comments below.