Can you make time run up instead of out?

Is Time running up or is time running down? Yes, we usually hear the phrase “time is running down”, but what if time were running up? It’s hard to conceive of the idea since we are all so conditioned to think of time as only running one way. We use up time which causes us to think of it as running out or down. But think of time as a substance. For instance, if time were like water, you could fill a cup up with it. You could pour time into the cup. Instead of time running out, you have time running in. The problem would seem to be to find a faucet from which to refill your cup with time.

If time and money are interchangeable then we should be able to amass time. Just as a bank account could grow, so should a time account be able to grow. What if today instead of turning 60, I turned 59. Impossible you say. However, what if I turned back the clock by stopping smoking? What if I stopped drinking and started exercising? What if I gave up some unhealthy actions, overcame cancer, stopped speeding, reduced stress, moved to a safer neighborhood? If I did any of these actions, I could literally refill my life with extra time. Time would then be running up for me. The more healthy actions I take, the more my time would run up. If you do not believe this is possible, look at insurance charts that denote lifespan and longevity. On the average, the less health risks you have, the longer you will live. Thus, eliminate each health risk and you will refill your cup with more time for living. Not only will you have more time for living, but it will be higher quality time as you will be healthier and happier.

Have you ever seen anyone that suddenly looked younger instead of older? How many people do you know that have time running up for them? Which way is your time going? What could you do to put some time back into your cup? Maybe it will never run over, but it is possible to fill it up a little bit every so often. What one action could you take today to refill your cup of time?

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kim Cowden
    May 30, 2010 @ 14:17:51

    I loved this, John. This is a really an interesting way to look at time. True, too. You can turn back the clock, or at least slow it down, with lifestyle changes. A healthier diet, and plenty of exercise, and reducing the other “crap” in our lives can make a difference in how long we live, or how much TIME we have. Kim



  2. John Persico
    May 31, 2010 @ 12:07:30

    Thanks for the comments Kim. I guess I have seen this work with me. When I started doing yoga again about ten years ago, I felt about 20 years younger and have felt better everyday since.



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