There are any number of people I know who live for the weekend. Away from work and responsibility, time with friends and family and other matters.
If you give this enough thought, though, you may realize that if you only live for two days a week, that means you spend five of those days…well, if not living, then what?
If we break it down further, let’s say you work eight hours a day those five days. Add in commute times and such, and call that fifty hours. This means that 50 of 168 hours of your week go to work — that’s about a third of your life every week right there.
The rest of a given weekday, if not being lived, when you are awake, let’s guess amounts to another eight hours a day (for a total of 18 waking hours per 24 hour day) so that’s another 40 hours of your week. Combined with the 50 hours working and commuting, that amounts to 90 of 168 hours in a week — or over half of your week not being lived.
Going with being awake about 18 hours a day, that means that you spend 36 hours total living. Thirty six of a 168 amounts to just over twenty percent of your total week living.
Which is inaccurate, since we need to change the total number. Postulating six hours of sleep per night, that means you spend 42 hours a week asleep. Ergo, you’re awake 126 hours a week.
If 90 of those hours are not being lived during the working week, that means you are not living more than 70 percent of the time.
Do you want life to just be merely about 30 percent of your total waking hours?
Life is meant to be lived
I don’t really know anyone who is utterly content and living the fullest life they can all of their waking hours. We all have responsibilities and obligations that may not be entirely to our liking. However, that doesn’t mean we should entirely live most of our days looking ahead to such a small percentage of our total waking time.
This is a large part of what mindfulness is all about. When you are aware of your thoughts, feelings, and actions, you are mindful of where you are and what you are doing. That mindfulness will help you be in the here-and-now, which, when you get right down to it, is the only real reality there is.
If you are unfamiliar with this concept, let me share a favorite quote from Albert Einstein:
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
Because we are each unique, and the only ones inside each of our own heads, how we perceive anything and everything is wholly up to us alone. Sure, there is a collective consciousness into which we all contribute where we live in similar physical spaces with immaterial parallels. Yet how we each perceive that collective consciousness, our reality, is completely individual.
When we are more mindful of the here-and-now, present in this moment, we can exert more influence over our personal reality. It’s very easy to live life half-asleep and let things pass you by. Choosing to be mindful and aware of what you are thinking and how and what you are feelings opens you to tremendous possibility.
Living all week long
We are only on this planet for a finite amount of time. I believe that we are not meant to spend that small amount of time just going through the motions. This is an abundant universe, full of possibility, as evidenced by the advances of the last century. Just about anything is possible.
I know that his notion may seem privileged, but it is only limited by aspects of the reality created by the collective consciousness. When more of us strive to build upon a better, more inclusive reality, we sow the seeds into the collective, and can grow change in that way.
The world is in a constant state of change. You can choose to influence it, or just let it happen. When you work with change, and work on directing it, you can do things to improve reality at the collective level.
Every big thing began small, including the whole of the cosmos. You are more powerful than you realize. You are empowered to make your reality amazing, and rather than live for 36 hours of life, why not live for as much of this life as you possibly can?
You can do this. Don’t deny your empowerment. You only live once, so live as much and as thoroughly as you can.