I used to have a similar lifestyle to the one most of the people have in the civilized world nowadays. Always busy. Always running. Always stressed. Always thinking about three things at a time. No time for anything or for anyone. Yes. That´s the core. No time.
All this made me feel bad. I was frustrated until I decided to stop it.
From that moment on I´ve spent a lot of my time trying to figure out what prevents us from having time. I´ve got to a conclusion. We all have time. All the time in the world. And we all have the same amount of time!
The problem is not the lack of time. The problem is what we understand as mandatory. We give priority to many things that don´t help us much to reach happiness. Most of these things have been imposed to us by external factors: capitalism, welfare state, society, customs, family…
Once you are capable of seeing it all from a distance and release yourself from these obligations, you see the world in a different way. It´s not that I have reached this Zen state yet, but I´m on my way…
From my point of view having time is way more valuable than having money. Having time to spend it with the people you love. To do what really fulfills you. Not to control the time you spend on doing a task, but investing as long as it requires. Showing respect to what you do and not simply checking items in your to do list. Having time to wait for a seagull to sit on a pole in order to make the photograph that comes with this article. Having time for such a thing is priceless.