I confess to having a few pet peeves.  One of the most rankling is to have a request dismissed with “I’ll do it when I have more time.” This answer goes beyond being untruthful, it’s quite impossible.

As human beings, manifesting in an earth environment, we are constrained by that pesky old space-time continuum thing.  Everything has its alpha and omega, be it a nano-second, a day, a year or a lifetime.

I would refer those who promise to do a thing or honor a commitment when they have “more time” to the enclosed graph and ask the simple question: At which point along your timeline does this “more time” occur?


Personally, if asked to do a thing that doesn’t fit into my plans or inclinations, I usually say, “I can’t.”  If pressed for a reason my response is, “because I don’t want to.”

I’d much prefer hearing that than some vague “more time” promise.

About rixlibris

Retired from child care photography after thirty years of coaxing smiles and wiping noses. Currently venting years of repressed fictional story lines via self-published novels. Married and still alive in a remote corner of Waller County, Texas.
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10 Responses to WHENCE MORE TIME?

  1. I agree and I can’t stand people that try to lecture ME about time and lack thereof. I normally roll my eyes and walk away.

    By the way I can’t read this post. No time. 😉 lol

  2. Choosing says:

    True… But mostly we fool ourselves with this phrase. Promising ourselves to do something – when we have more time. Especially those wonderful things on the very bottom of our to do lists. The ones we have shuffled from one list to another a couple of times already. (Like my big box of papers to file – I usually only tackle that one when the lid does not stay on anymore.) My newest weapon against this false self-promise: I tell myself “if you don’t do it, it won’t happen at all – no one will do it for you”. Sometimes, I then grumble and get started. – But that of course does not help with other people using it as a lame excuse. 😉

  3. rixlibris says:

    With all the dry timber around you need to watch that fire breathing.

  4. I agree with the call to honesty with others and self. And there’s a presumption there that we will live to see tomorrow.

  5. rixlibris says:

    I would like to think that we could all follow what Robert Service pointed out his “The Cremation of Sam McGee”: “A promise made is a debt unpaid.” If you don’t want to do a thing, say so and if you agree to do a thing, do it. Disappointment comes from unmet expectations. The more realistic the expectations the fewer the disappointments.

  6. ramexa says:

    So true! Time doesn’t stop. Time travels fast. Awesome post! 🙂

  7. It’s really better to be specific. If I think it’s something that I want to do, I will give a specific time that I can attend to it otherwise, I say I can’t for xyz reason and move on.

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