Why time is the most precious thing we have

August 29, 2020

These are my reflections from looking at the heron in the picture sitting nice and still during my walk yesterday.

I wasn’t sure whether to share them here because I thought it could be a bit off-topic. Thinking more clearly though, I can see that if these reflections were of help to me they might be of help to someone else in these hard times we’re living in. And so I share.

Time is such a precious good.
This lesson came from my mother, first with her scary long disease and later with her death.
I believe my life can be split in two. The me before and the me after realising in such a painful way that time is not unlimited.

So I’ve asked myself, why do I forget so often about this? Why do I waste time projecting myself only in the past or, even more often, in the future, anticipating fears of a tomorrow that isn’t even yet here?

All that is is the here and now. This exact moment. The past and the future are not anymore, yet.

However, how many times during my day I look back at painful moments, or forth anticipating catastrophes or things that won’t go as planned?

Wouldn’t it be easier if I focused on this exact moment and what it is that I’m doing with patience and attention, without being distracted from the rest?

What I know for sure is that my day would be happier that way and I would place my attention to what really counts. But many times I only know this consciously. While unconsciously the mind is often driven somewhere else. And that somewhere else is not always a tranquil nice place.

So my focus for today, for this moment, is to be more present.
And not only with what I eat or how I move my body (which is a big part of what I do) but also with everything else.
Because presence is the biggest gift that we can give ourselves. It gives us time, it amplifies it, it makes it worthwhile as opposed to wasting it with fears from the past or even more for the future, which very likely will never become reality.

I know from talking with some of you that this pandemic has amplified fears and worries and painful thoughts by bringing to this world a little bit more uncertainty while pushing us to spend more time with ourselves. More time to think. More time to worry.
I also believe some of you have perhaps experience of something that split your life into a ‘before/after’ similar to mine, where time changes its value.

What if that time is just now?

And what if that now is not that bad once we look around and we see the reasons why we should consider ourselves lucky? Because right now we have time.

Have a great mindful day,


Picture from myself 😉

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Written by Donatella Porceddu

I am a registered psychologist and life coach specialised in binge and emotional eating, body kindness, and mindful eating. I empower women to become the best version of themselves through my comprehensive approach, which combines personal coaching and psychology, leveraging my client’s strengths and building around their opportunities.

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Donatella Porceddu Psychologist & Eating Coach specialised in Binge Eating, Overeating, Emotional Eating, Food freedom, anti-diet approach. 1:1 support through my Make Peace with Food program.

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