“Take Your Time”

Art is theft. Sometimes, we quote other people because they put an idea into words better than we ever could.

Such is the case with Seth Godin’s recent reflection on taking your time:

[Taking your time] means two very different things.

When a person or a marketer takes your time, they’re stealing. Something irretrievable is gone. If your time is taken for selfish reasons, if it’s wasted, there’s no good way to get it back.

On the other hand, when you have enough confidence to take your own time, to take your time to be present, to do the work, to engage with what’s in front of you right now, it’s a gift.

This is precisely what time is for.

We’re not in a race to check off as many boxes as we possibly can before we are out of time. Instead, we have the chance to use the time to create moments that matter. Because they connect us, because they open doors, because the moments, added up, create a life.

I had someone comment on my mixtape tattoo recently. “What does it mean?” he asked.

I told him I loved the way a mixtape is like a time capsule–how it contains moments in songs that are packed together side-by-side. As Rob Sheffiled says, “Every mix tape tells a story. Put them together, and they can add up to the story of a life.”

How we spend the moments is important because it isn’t days, but the moments that make up our lives.