After Being plagued with the terrible waste of....wasted time, I watched a Chassidus Shiur on it, and then wrote the following Dvar Torah, i hope it comes to help anyone and if anyone has things to add please do!I am a guy, a 15 year old Chozer BeTeshuva, but that story is for a different discussion
Credits to a Shiur given on time management by Rabbi Yossi Paltel of Chabad from where I took stories and many ideas.
- Theres a story (I hope im being accurate) that the previous Rebbe was waiting for the Rebbe Rayatz. A talmid came and asked how long it would be to go into the room, and the Rebbe said the wait would be about 10 minutes. The talmid responded, “Oh, just ten minutes? I can wait!”
The Lubavitcher Rebbe was Perplexed. How could the student disregard time so quickly? 10 minutes was like a lifetime for the Rebbe, but perhaps the Rebbe's view on time wasn't exaggerated at all.
In 10 minutes one can save a life, Learn a chapter of Mishnah, Read an Aliyah of Chumsh, Say a section of Tehillim, and the list goes on…
And in 10 minutes one can also do almost nothing. One can also wait, stare at a clock, watch minutes of life fly by, void of meaning and intent. Just because H' created our body to be kind enough to keep us breathing. In this light we see the literal meaning of wasting time!
Bereshis Gimmel and Daled
ג וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים, יְהִי אוֹר; וַיְהִי-אוֹר.
3 And God said: 'Let there be light.' And there was light.
ד וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים אֶת-הָאוֹר, כִּי-טוֹב; וַיַּבְדֵּל אֱלֹהִים, בֵּין הָאוֹר וּבֵין הַחֹשֶׁךְ.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.
When G-d created light, there was not yet a sun to any planet. We know from Sefer Shemos that during the plague of Choshech the Egyptians could even feel the darkness that was inflicted on them by H'. The Israelites on the other hand had the Spiritual light to combat it, whereas the Egyptians did not. Shemot chaf alef bet and gimmel.
כא וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה, נְטֵה יָדְךָ עַל-הַשָּׁמַיִם, וִיהִי חֹשֶׁךְ, עַל-אֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם; וְיָמֵשׁ, חֹשֶׁךְ.
21 And the LORD said unto Moses: 'Stretch out thy hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.'
כב וַיֵּט מֹשֶׁה אֶת-יָדוֹ, עַל-הַשָּׁמָיִם; וַיְהִי חֹשֶׁךְ-אֲפֵלָה בְּכָל-אֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם, שְׁלֹשֶׁת יָמִים.
22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days;
כג לֹא-רָאוּ אִישׁ אֶת-אָחִיו, וְלֹא-קָמוּ אִישׁ מִתַּחְתָּיו--שְׁלֹשֶׁת יָמִים; וּלְכָל-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל הָיָה אוֹר, בְּמוֹשְׁבֹתָם.
23 they saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days; but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
The Torah stated that no man moved from his place in this darkness. The Israelites in contrast, did not move at all either, as indicated by the word מוֹשְׁבֹתָם. The Israelites, instead of going crazy however had a special light, which I will continue to expound upon below. They (the Egyptians) also couldn’t see each other. In a spiritual sense we could see this as, when people are void of spirituality, they lack the connection that two G-d fearing people have between each other. Even when Jews don’t agree on issues of Hashkafah and the like, when two of them come together in a spiritual setting there is a special warmth, heated by this spiritual light. It is said that every Jew has a special flame, and all it takes is to get close to get warm. When the Egyptians could not see each other they were cold, this cold was created by darkness, and they were cold because they were void of this light. The excerpt from Shemos here also indicates “and not a man rose from his place for three days.” Why was time a factor? Why not for a minute, an hour? Any significant amount of time in complete darkness could make someone insane. I believe this was to show us that when we waste one minute, the darkness stays for another. Even when living a life with room for Mitzvos, the empty time between them is what damages us. In that empty time we don’t move from our places spiritually. Life as I mentioned before seems to be a road without an end. We can go as far from the beginning as we would like, and stay as close to the beginning as we choose. When being void of fulfilling ourselves with meaningful tasks, be it work or learning, Praying or growing, we become filled with this darkness. When H’ created light, H’ saw that it was good. Why did H’ not take away the darkness? Why did G-d make a separation between the light and the dark? I believe it was to show us something about life, light and darkness are not only the aspects of them that we see, they are the aspects of them that we feel. We would need to know darkness in order to fill our time with light, because time is ambiguous. Since H' later created us with free choice, if we take creation as a pre planned mission by G-d, then H’ must have known that in a world that fosters time, we would not be able to live in only light. Rather we would have to choose light, and fill up the darkness that lives in time.
So in life, during the 10 minutes that we DO do something useful, we buy ourselves us another 10 minutes to grow. 10 minutes of cleaning here, gives me 10 minutes to learn and grow spiritually there! We don’t work to achieve an hour of nothingness, we work to reach another 10 minutes where we have an opportunity to fill up that darkness with light.
The amount of life one can gain for oneself by just saving those units of 10 minutes is incredible. We all say life is short, and every minute it shrinks. However, for a wise person life doesn’t shrink, rather it grows. Every second is a new piece of wisdom to be gained. Instead of being closer to death, we become closer to life. Our Job in this world is to develop a relationship with life, and we are given a great amount of responsibility over it. The Mittler Rebbe's dying words included the phrase “What is such a lofty soul doing in such a lowly world?”
The darkness is always trying to pull us down, but we must remember that light is good, G-d saw light as good, "וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים אֶת-הָאוֹר, כִּי-טוֹב" but G-d did not comment on the darkness. That was because the Light needed the darkness, even if they weren’t together. Darkness is always around, and Life is about how we fill up those empty spaces. During the day, physical objects are not lit by themselves. In reality, everything is dark, light is just able to fill it, to win over it, to triumph it.
Now going back to the concept of time, the Lubavitcher Rebbe was personally editing a work written about himself by a pupil. The writer exclaimed in the work that the the Rebbe was a master of every second, but the Rebbe changed the word second to minute. Then I thought, why a minute? The answer could be as follows: Because H’ gave us time, and time passes. Seconds pass in the midst of a Mitzvah, but a minute can complete a Mitzvah. A second is to quick for a hello, to quick to formulate a thought. A second is a unit of time which shows us the value of a minute. The minute clothes the Mitzvah, but the seconds create the Minute. Life in some sense made laws, courts and Judges, but G-d created life. Time is our reward, and our punishment. A reward in the sense that we can accomplish so much with it, and a punishment because we never get time back.
And that’s why we have to manage time.