If you’re like me, when things seem “good”, you want to slow down time and when things are “bad”, you want time to speed up.
I noticed this over the weekend. I was invited to give 2 presentations at a retreat, one in French and one in English. As I am not as comfortable speaking in French as in English, I tend to dwell on it and wish that I could finish my presentation sooner....to "get it over with". This also happens when I’m sick...I wish I can fast forward over my discomfort until I’m well again.
What I realized in trying to fast forward time, is that I was also fast forwarding aspects of my life. At what point will I actually enjoy the time? If I am only waiting until the end to see the outcome then I would have spent my whole life with my thoughts on my future. I decided to shift my perspective of time.
I decided I was going to enjoy every moment leading up to my French presentation and be present during it. If I had the thought of wanting to fast forward something, I would wish to slow it down even more. I decided I wanted to know every moment whether it was comfortable or not.
The pain I had in my neck. I want to explore it further. I no longer wanted to wish it away. Instead, I wanted to be friends with it and learn why it was there.
After spending an entire day trying to enjoy and slow down time, I was amazed at how quickly it passed by. I guess that’s how life is, if you don’t enjoy the moments, they just pass you by.
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Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization in Ottawa, Canada.