How Are You Spending The Time You Have?

Is Time Slipping Through Your Fingers

I have spent some time thinking about this over the past year – How am I spending the time I have left on the planet?

I have a wonderful family who I am very proud of – my kids still ask me to be involved with them every day (which I love and at the same time know will eventually stop as they grow and have their own families). Even though I realize this, I still have to work, which pulls me away from them, but provides for them, which is necessary – so even though, the majority of my day is spent away from them, I always find myself fighting for more time so that I can etch out a few quality moments with them.

More often than not, I find that there is a conflict within myself about how to allocate each of the 24 hours that make up the measuring stick by which we choose to divide our days – At 38 years old, I find myself working earlier and sleeping less. The days, weeks, months and years have, perceptually, started to fly by faster and faster. I don’t know about you, but I still want to do it all, run my businesses, spend time with my family, spend time with friends, I really would like to spend more time with my wife… a conundrum wrapped in a riddle, a seemingly easy question with infinite answers – “How should we spend our time?”

It is an interesting phrase, isn’t it… “spending time”

Time is more than something we use to measure the day, it is a form of currency, one that we all on some deep hidden level understand as a limited resource – we don’t like to think about it as limited, because who wants to admit their own mortality… I think it is because of this denial that we can find ourselves spending this currency without regard to our true desires – Let’s face it, most of us do not use our time wisely?

I think over the next few weeks and months, I will explore some of my own findings about how I spend my time, and I hope to discover some things which, may help myself come to grips with and possibly even find more meaningful ways to figure out what really matters maybe I will discover a way to create more of what I have always thought of as limited – My time…

6 Responses to How Are You Spending The Time You Have?

  1. Darla March 8, 2008 at 6:24 am #

    Here’s a Heartsill Wilson quote that applies:

    “This is the beginning of a new day.
    God has given me this day to use as I will.
    I can waste it–or use it for good, but what
    I do today is important, because I am exchanging
    a day of my life for it! When tomorrow comes,
    this day will be gone forever, leaving in its
    place something that I have traded for it.
    I want it to be gain, and not loss; good,
    and not evil, success, and not failure;
    in order that I shall not regret the
    price that I have paid for it.”

    Heartsill Wilson Page

  2. Mark March 8, 2008 at 1:09 pm #

    @Darla – Thank you so much for the great quote – it is very appropriate to our post – I also appreciate you making the link in your post a rel=”nofollow” This is the first link “in post” I have allowed due to your kind consideration in not abusing our linking policy.

  3. Adam March 12, 2008 at 2:08 pm #

    Great post mark, I had to stumble it. I remember being my kids age and thinking how long it would be until I got out of school. Now it just seems like the days fly by with so little notice.

  4. Mark March 12, 2008 at 3:28 pm #

    @Adam – Thanks for the stumble. I can relate with what you are saying, I remember counting the days until I would get my driver’s license and how many long years it would take when I was 14 years old, and now it seems I can’t slow down time even if I wanted to… :)

  5. spostareduro March 19, 2008 at 9:40 am #

    Hi Mark. I found you by way of Adam (PixelHead) and I am glad I stopped by to read this post.

    In many ways my life has just begun in the last year although I am 37 yrs old. I have learned more in the last year than I have in 36 prior years. But with that has come an endless cycle of thoughts that tell me “You’ve got 37 years to catch up on”. And we all know there’s no way to do that.

    I have only recently decided to realize that the things that I hold most dear and most valuable, are the things that my other passions keep at bay. I would rather use my energies to be of service to those I care for than to follow what the ‘Jones’s’ would have me follow for monetary or otherwise superficial gain.

    You family. Your REAL friends (not your online buddies that will sell their soul for a link or kudos and hoopla). Your peace of mind. These things are golden. The rest of the world means very little without them.

    I guess I am rambling. But your post only validated those resolves for me at a tender time in my life. Thanks for writing it.

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