“In anything, timing is everything.”
These five simple words first spoken by Lao Tzu are profound ones that contain the wisdom of a whole universe. Having personally been frozen in time, oddly by being trapped inside the burning ring of fire of ADHD, and in a blink of an eye, I gradually but suddenly understood both the affliction and gift of this prevailing characteristic. This creative burst is the one second cure to eliminating the monkey we have all put on our backs and all the other problems we can imagine.
Time is the most precious resource we have in life and yet the most mismanaged one. I know this personally because experiencing the consequences of this idea is both the affliction and gift of ADHD, or whatever other prevailing characteristic that can either limit or expand your own potential.
A very powerful insight to understand is: Our present notion of time is what gives us our current amount of what we all want—genuine success, authentic happiness, and peaceful contentment—from growing into our best signature self. On the other hand, mismanagement of time results in the unwanted failure, unhappiness and discontent that makes up the gap between where we are and where we want to be.
There are two opposite notions of time that the one second cure can reconcile. On the one hand there is the mechanical version which makes the orderly sequence of the past, present, and future seem convincingly real and certain; on the other hand, there is a psychological version which allows being in the now moment to expand into infinite, endless eternity where you can create vast new realities.
The mechanical notion of time is a human invention with the purpose of giving artificial order to the anticipated chaos of the psychological notion of time. In other words, we created this mechanical version of time to slow life down in order to control it so we can do more with it; ironically our race for speed freezes us in time and we end up not having enough left to get anything done, let alone the things we really want or need to do. The result is needless frustration that gets us stuck in making growth progress.
But the good news is that time mismanagement—getting trapped by the illusion of mechanical time we created—serves the positive purpose of exposing the greatest secret of all time, which is the one second cure found in the psychological realm of time.
The one second cure is the gradual but sudden realization is that we separate ourselves from life, putting our feeble human spin on what time means to us personally, just so we can appreciate and enjoy both time and life as they really are, which is anything and everything we imagine them to be. That journey in the mind can be either the longest or shortest one we can take, depending upon how aware we become in dealing with the reality and illusion of the gap we have created between where we are and where we want to be.