One Hundred Pockets
My son has a peculiar problem. He never has enough time to practice his drum. There just simply isn't enough time in the day. He means to do it, he plans to do it, he is supposed to do it, but...he rarely gets around to actually doing it. He always has something more pressing, more urgent and mostly more fun to do! When it comes to drum practice, his day only has one teeny-weeny pocket and he clearly has trouble locating it. Here's what I mean....
"When one has a great deal to put into it, a day has a hundred pockets." Friedrich Nietzsche
Our day can have plenty of pockets, plenty of hours, when we have lots we want to do. It seems we do have time to do all we enjoy. Sometimes we complain, "There are just not enough hours in the day!" But, it seems there's always enough time to do what we "want" to do. Watch TV, sip a second cup of coffee, shop with a friend, browse the web.... If those are the things we want to do, there is plenty of time. Clean the bathroom, wash the dog, return a phone call, make a doctor appointment, practice the drum.... If we don't want to do those things, then there is simply not enough time!
Nietzsche's observation that a day can have 100 pockets is really something to consider. Sometimes we think there aren't enough "pockets" because we simply don't choose to use our time wisely. We wander aimlessly around the hours of the clock as if it is guiding and pulling us. In reality, we are the ones that can choose to use time to our advantage. We limit ourselves by thinking time is our master as if it drags us unwittingly to procrastinate. How about thinking of time as our servant instead?
There's as much time as we need. It's just up to us to use it wisely and well.
Psalm 39:4 guides us to recognize each day as significant. "O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!" The nature of our days is fleeting; the nature of the hours that fill our days is fleeting, too. So, let's see all 100 pockets of each day and fill them well. One hundred pockets is a lot of time, isn't it?
Think of your day in that light and I bet you'll realize you have a lot more time than you even need!
So, how many pockets does your day have and how will you fill them?
Well, that's what's been percolating in me lately.