There’s a song by Kings of Leon with the lyric “..take the time to waste a moment.” The first time I heard this verse, I wrote it down so that I could reflect on ways I could do this. I thought that wasting time with my husband or my kid would be a good choice. Or with both of them together. Perhaps wasting some time to take the dog for a nice long walk when I’m supposed to be washing dishes or folding clothes. Or maybe just doing something for myself that can bring me some inner calm. Any of those would be great ideas of how I could put into action the words I heard.
But of course, I got to thinking—why do we have to be reminded to do this kind of thing yet we find ourselves constantly wasting time on Twitter, Facebook or any other commonplace activity? Why are we okay to waste time bingeing Netflix shows but have to be coerced into wasting time with our loved ones? I have found myself swiping through pictures and videos on Instagram, of persons I don’t even follow, before I realize forty-five minutes have passed. But I will quickly turn up my nose at my kid if I’m asked to look at some box she’s made out of a box. (This is not a typo. I have literally been shown a dismantled shoe box, cut up and re-taped back into a proud square!)
I’ve never taken much time to look and see what the song is actually about. I could be taking this one lyric out of context and changing the entire meaning of the song. But I did feel that verse sent a good message that we should take time to waste moments so that we can recharge ourselves or reconnect with whomever we deem necessary. This is some sound and good advice that we should strive to heed from time to time. Stop being so quick to rush to the next monotonous and mundane chore that we have to fill every day. Stop carrying the rushed and over worked attitude that we got when we left the office. All we are doing is running toward our next stressful situation!
Whether I am interpreting the song correctly to having a profound meaning or not, I really hope that I can be better about setting more meaningful, as well as necessary, time-wasting moments.