Valuing Your Time – Saying No so that You Can Say Yes

Once I began to appreciate the preciousness of time, I began to hold it in the highest regard.

I no longer wear “busy” as a badge of honour. I have learned that saying no has actually allowed me to say yes. When I turn down opportunities that do not align with my values or clearly say no to commitments that would push me to sacrifice another aspect of my life, I am free to say yes to all the areas of my life that I truly value.

Figuring out what motivates me in each circumstance (Is it challenge? Is it faith? Is it health? Is it money? Is it giving back?), being true to myself, and prioritizing these values in each situation creates a driving force that leads me through my day.

Along my journey, I have come to learn something even more valuable: something magical happens when you are able to switch your understanding of time from being a concept you must find to being something that comes from within you – something you make. This changes the game completely and allows you to take ownership of your relationship with the idea of time.

In The Big Leap, the author journeys through the difference between our traditional absolute Newtonian idea of time (something that is external to you) and Einsteinian Time, essentially being Relativistic Time. When you feel that you are the source of time – that you can create as much time as you like – you are able to take ownership of the whole idea, always having the time you need.

In fact, while our society still bases itself around the twenty-four-hour clock, as you take on this new perspective, you are able to transcend the idea of time almost all together, allowing you to be truly present in every moment – whether it be during moments at home, moments with family and friends, moments performing work, moments spent in nature, moments experiencing the world, moments laughing, or moments deepening faith.

I am continuously exploring the importance of being wealthy in time. Through this imperfect, yet wonderful exploration, I have discovered that making time for the things that fill up my cup – the actions that align with my highest self – potentiates my ability to pour from my cup. This is what freedom feels like to me.

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Creating a Life of Freedom - Become a Free Bird

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines freedom as the quality or state of being free, such as the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action.

To me, freedom is a state of mind, a way of life. And it isn’t just what I would imagine flying feels like. Yes, it encompasses those feelings of exhilaration that accompany jumping out of a plane with a parachute strapped to your back... or that sense of peace that fills your soul when you’re driving down an open road with the top down and your hair blowing in the wind. But it also encompasses something much more.

Freedom is when we not only recognize how blessed we are, but when we also demonstrate gratitude for how blessed we are – to the best of our ability – every single day. Freedom is when we stop running from the truth and start embracing who we are. It’s when we find the courage to start living out each day with meaning and with purpose (which can be tricky as our purpose may be clear, but rarely singular).

I recognize that freedom is a beautiful, wondrous concept that I have the absolute pleasure of experiencing throughout my life. I realize that there are people in this world who will never have the privilege of feeling free due to the circumstances they were born into. I am grateful that I can create a life defined by my own truth, guided by my own faith, and framed by my purpose. In fact, it’s a little mind-blowing.

I’m starting this blog series not because I’m any sort of expert, but because I am able. I want to share how immensely impactful making small, yet fundamental, changes to your daily life can be.

For me, living a life of freedom begins with living through truth, faith, and purpose. Every day, my sense of freedom grows, forever leading me towards becoming a better me.

I can’t wait to hear what freedom means to you.