By Sukh Singh, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International
“Remember that most of the beautiful things that have ever been created in this world were created by people who didn't have enough time, didn't have enough money, didn't have the right materials, didn't have the right contacts...but they somehow did the work anyway.”
- Elizabeth Gilbert (author, Eat, Pray, Love)
Have you ever had ideas, passions, hobbies or opportunities that you would have loved to do but couldn’t find the time for?
Well, Elizabeth Gilbert, author of 'Eat, Pray, Love', has a great message for you - assisted by the words of pianist James Rhodes and the imagery of Gavin Aung Than from Zen Pencils. Below is a message Gilbert posted on Facebook:
"Dear Ones -
Yesterday I posted a message about not giving up on your daydream, and a lovely follower of this page asked what you should do if you have "too much family stuff" going on in order to live your dream?
In other words, what if you are simply too busy?
Please, please, please read this beautiful comic for a simple and inspiring answer to that question.
The final picture makes me cry every time.
The comic was drawn by an artist names Gavin Aung Than, but the words are those of British classical pianist James Rhodes - a passionate self-taught performer, who (like so many creators) is constantly being approached by people who say, "I would love to play the piano, but I don't have the time."
But what if you could find 40 minutes a day? What if you could borrow those minutes from the time that you normally spend watching your favorite TV show, or hanging out on social media?
Back in my twenties, I once complained to a successful older woman artists that I had no time to write, and she said, "What's your favorite TV show?" I replied, "The Soprano!" She said, "Not anymore, it isn't. Give yourself back that time. Turn off your TV."
She was right. So I turned off my TV. And I STILL haven't seen the last three seasons of The Sopranos. But since that conversation, I have written seven books.
By the same token, I must admit that I always smile when somebody gets on this facebook page to tell me that they don't have any free time in their lives to be creative. As much as I LOVE to see you all on this page, my first reaction to such a statement is always to say, "Why don't you start by signing off Facebook right this minute?"
If you have enough free time to get on Facebook and tell me that you don't have any free time, then you have some free time.
Forty minutes a day.
If not forty, then try thirty.
What would happen if you committed yourself to that time? What if you used it to create, or to meditate, or to exercise, or to volunteer, or to dream...or even to just devote some serious single-minded attention to the process of making an escape plan - such that, five years from now, your life looks entirely different than it looks today. In other words - what could YOU make out of your life in an extra forty minutes a day? Might that be worth exploring?
Remember that most of the beautiful things that have ever been created in this world were created by people who didn't have enough time, didn't have enough money, didn't have the right materials, didn't have the right contacts...but they somehow did the work anyway. In their basements, in a spare closet, in a coffee shop, in a hospital room, during their commute...they did the work, anyway.
When it is done for love, people always manage to find the time.
Then share your thoughts or questions on this in the comments below...
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