Do you remember the last time you lost track of time? Do you remember when you were so involved in whatever you were doing that the very notion of time faded from your consciousness? Take note of when this happens because these are the things you might want to do more often!!!
Conversely, you may be thinking of times when the minutes just drag by and you’re looking at the clock constantly. If this is true for you, then guess what. I would recommend that you immediately find a way to eliminate this kind of activity from your life and replace it with something in the joy category! You deserve to be happy! You deserve to be so lost in the joy of what you’re doing that time becomes irrelevant.
What kinds of things get you excited? What are you so passionate about that when you’re engaged in that activity you lose track of time? Oftentimes this is when we are in “play mode.” Perhaps you lose track of time when you’re playing a game or sport you really love. Or perhaps it’s when you’re dancing or at a concert. Maybe it’s when you’re immersed in nature, taking a hike or fishing or surfing or watching the clouds float by. We all need more time to play. Life is about more than work and responsibilities!
Other times we lose track of time when we’re engaged in something about which we are particularly talented. This could be painting or playing guitar or making furniture or cooking or gardening. This activity is, no doubt, one of the gifts you are meant to be offering the world. It could even be your purpose! If you haven’t found a way to do more creative endeavors, please do yourself a favor and find a way. If you’re coming up with resistance, perhaps you can read or re-read The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron. This wonderful book will encourage you to play more, create more, and take more risks. It will help you to let go of the blocks, the discouraging comments, and the inner critics. It is essential for your spiritual well-being to allow your creative self to flourish.
If you’re doing work or study that is so fascinating that you lose track of time, this is something you need to continue doing! It is a sign that you are in the right line of work, that you are on the right career path. Finding your right livelihood is one of the most important things you will do in your life.
Many times we lose track of time when we’re with someone we love. Perhaps we’re hanging out with our best friend or our lover or our children. If you lose track of time when you’re in the company of someone (or many someones,) this is a true sign that you might want to be in their company more often! It is a sad reflection on our society that being with the people we love often takes a backseat to our jobs and our other responsibilities. There is very little as important as being with those we love.
You may have heard the question posed, when you near death, what are the things you will most regret? Bronnie Ware, author of Top Five Regrets of the Dying, in her work with the dying discovered five themes coming up over and over again. They were:
- I wish I’d been true to myself and not done only what others expected of me.
- I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
- I wish I’d expressed my feelings more.
- I wish I’d stayed in better contact with my friends.
- I wish I’d let myself be happier.
Take to heart, please, these lessons that other people learned when it was too late.
What brings you joy? What do you really passionately love to do? Whom do you want to spend time with? Are you playing enough? Are you following your purpose?
If you can create a life that is so filled with joy that you lose track of time, you are on the right track! What an incredible blessing. Good job! Continued blessings!
If you spend your life looking at the clock and wishing you were doing something else, make changes now! Life is short! Godspeed and great blessings to you.
 (By the way, the Dutch version of this book is entitled If I Could Live My Life Over Again.) http://www.mindful.org/mindful-magazine/no-regrets