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…