“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”-Earl Nightingale
I feel differently about how I spend my time now than I did before living a wholehearted life. As I see it, today is all I have–there’s no going back to yesterday and no promise of tomorrow–and I need to make sure what I do today is important as I am essentially exchanging my life for it. Further, I try not to worry about the outcomes as it is in the experience where I learn. I am able to take what I’ve learned and share it with another and/or apply it to another aspect of my life.
Also, I try not to say, “Well, at least I have tomorrow to finish this up or catch up on that…” because, as I’ve said, tomorrow is never promised. I am responsible for my time just as I am responsible for my own choices. If I don’t take responsibility for my time then I end up being exhausted, unwilling and frightened. As such, I try not to take on more than I can complete in one day.
How did I spend my time today? I cleaned my kitchen grout, countertops, dishes, played with my kids, meditated, prayed, exercised, reflected, contacted friends and family, wrote part of my book, read a piece of fiction, played the keyboard, went to a meeting and a few other activities. Ultimately, I try to leave small impressions in my life by only working with one day at a time and one challenge at a time.
The essence on how I spend the gift of time that God gave me are: (1) setting boundaries, (2) delegating, (3) being productive, (4) letting go of fears that surface.
It is in the essence that I am able to develop structure in my life. I am grateful for this structure and the time that God has freely given me. With this gratitude I make it a point to do something–anything–that brings value to my life; today, playing with my kids would top out at #1 in most valuable and greatest activities of all time.
What’s my plan of attack when deciding how to spend my time? By asking myself, “Will this event/activity add value to my life?” and if it does then I bet the farm with tact. I do not wait for the right time to start as my 24 hour clock has already begun. Why waste another minute?
How do you feel about how you spend your time?
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