Time Is an Illusion

The definition of illusion is “a deceptive appearance or impression.” According to Popular Science, “If you try to get your hands on time, it’s always slipping through your fingers.”  “People are sure time is there, but they can’t get hold of it. My feeling is that they can’t get hold of it because it isn’t there at all.”

I say that time is an illusion because there seems never to be enough of it. Time can feel infinite and short. There is always time to finish blah blah blah tomorrow. In contrast, when a loved one is taken from us in an instant, time stops. There is no more time with that loved one.

Time exists in a sense that we have only so many hours in a day. We have to make appointments at an exact time. Every year, we age.

How Do You Manage Time?

Time is in full control during emergencies and death. But during the rest of our time, there are ways we can maximize it.

  1. Prioritize– There is always more to do than there is enough time. Therefore, prioritize aspects of your life that are most important to you. Don’t forget about your health. It’s best to focus on no more than four things at a time. Read this article from Life Science about the research behind the mind’s ability to focus a maximum of four things at a time.
  2. Consider your loved ones– I think sometimes we take for granted that our family will always be with us. At the end of 2015, my seven-year-old son, Jy,  went from perfectly healthy to in a coma after receiving the flu mist. Our children, spouses, parents, loved ones can be taken from us that quickly. Luckily, we had a second chance with him. He is with us today. Make sure you make time for your loved ones. You never know when the time will end in that relationship.
  3. Consider your goals– Where are you spending your time? Are you a “yes” person? You say yes to anything asked of you? You will burn yourself out. Before you say “yes” to the next thing requested of you, ask yourself, “Is this benefiting my goals?”. Set your goals based on your key values (related to family, spiritual, work, school, etc.). Spend your time on tasks that will fulfill your goals.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Make the most of your “time.”

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39 thoughts on “Time Is an Illusion

  1. Aha. Time, You Old Gypsy Man. I really like it that you talked about giving time to dear and near ones. I was all-work-no-play type of person till two years ago. I now try to give time to my family and to myself. In fact, that makes my work more efficient and of higher quality. It is always great to read your posts. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you! I was all work too! The stress of being prepared for retirement and making ends meet is no fun, but we can’t forget about giving our time to our family. Have a wonderful weekend as well!

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  2. Perhaps if I had prioritized my time better I would have had the time to properly comment on your post about regret.

    So I guess I regret not being better at prioritizing my time. Ugh.

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  3. Great post as always, Ipuna! I’m sorry to hear what happened to your son and I’m glad he’s better now. ❤️

    I agree that time is an illusion and that we should be in the present instead of the future. But while I think this is a good thinking, it doesn’t quite help me be on time to my appointments! (I’m usually like 5 minutes late. 😛)

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    1. Thank you, Nicolle. We all go through trials. It’s important to grow and get stronger from them. Ha ha ha. I stink on being on time to my appointments too. I’m trying to cram too much in one day! We are the same there!

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      1. The idea is that time is no dimension or process but simply a meassure for the amount of change that happened. Like the change you see on your clock or the change in your body when you grow older. Therefore, how one should use his time is in being active and creating “change”. The theory fits to your post quite good! 😉

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  4. Yes. Yes. Just what I needed. Don’t think I have ever been as stressed as I am this week (even though it’s still starting) due to surprisingly time management. First thing that came to mind is maybe, Sunshine just may have written something on it. And voila!!
    Thanks a lot!!

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    1. You are amazing, Dynamite! You stressed out??? Never!!! I can’t see it. The world has to be ending. Ha ha. You are so far ahead for your age. I commend you for always trying to improve. I’m lucky to have you around to learn from as well. I wish my little Jainey a stress free week!!!

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      1. 😂​😂​😂​
        Wish I had your sense of humor, Sunshine 😛 😛
        And you intense level of sweetness.
        And your way of always speaking forth positive affirmations. You’re right!! We’re not stressed…just feeling unlike ourselves – nothing a lil bit of improvement and determination can’t fix 😉 😀
        Thank you, M.. (You know the rest)

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  5. While i fully agree with your post i wonder if you have considered the full case..? That not just time but space and all reality that we perceive along with it are all illusions created by the tiny imperfect and incomplete visions of the True Reality our individual brains manage to grasp on to for various fleeting moments of ‘time’?

    Each individual’s frame of reference (or code of behaviour perhaps?) for their reality version is non-identical to everyone else’s yet we manage to share enough similarities within our limited understandings of shared reality to be able to co-operate – some better than others! – with people and with our planet.

    Appearances ARE deceptive!


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