Time is our most precious commodity and all too often we over-look it. We get caught up with the day-to day rigors and time just passes us by. I came to realize this today while talking to a young man at the dry cleaners, who was working there, and moonlighting to get a landscaping business off the ground. It was great to hear that this 24 year old was so ambitious to want to work up to 18 hours a day. Our conversation lead me to think about the value of time, and the struggles we all have at balancing our obligations. Our time is finite and we need to make the most of it everyday.
My fathers cousin is experiencing this right now as he lives what time he has left with terminal liver cancer. It is amazing because he knows his time is dwindling, and has found strength to live with youthful exuberance. He is not living in denial, he just wants others to realize the value of time, by being their example. He has elected not receive chemotherapy, as he wants to feel as good as he can, everyday. He has a son who lives in Maine, and has come to Missouri twice since Christmas to essentially, say good by. How strange and awkward that must be, to know you are going back to Maine and it might have been the last time you saw your father alive.
So why do we find it so difficult to value time like we do family, money, success, or health? Truly, if you have time, then most of these other virtues are attainable. So I’m not suggesting that we have to complete our bucket list next week, but if we just had a small taste of what my father’s cousin is experiencing, we may value our time a bit more urgently. We need to spend time doing things which develop meaning and create a bank full of happy memories. Happiness is associated with personal meaning, something that money cannot buy, but time can. Researchers have found that the way we spend our time is directly proportional to our level of happiness. This makes perfect sense—at the most basic level, your life is an accumulation of experiences, not things. So on this Sunday, kiss your family, thank the Lord for your blessings, and Pay it Forward!
With that in mind, let me recognize some of the posts I found to be enlightening from this past week!
brickbybrickinvesting.com Lazy Attitudes I Absolutely Love Them Love the Pic Too!!!
wisedollar.org Estate Planning It’s Never To Late
frugalrules.com 5 Easy Steps to Set up Your Own Online Business
modestmoney.com Three Wild Tales Of Insurance Fraud
dividendninja.com The 9 Best Stocks To Own Right Now
debtroundup.com Fueling Your Car The Organic Way
freedomthirtyfiveblog.com Advertising Dilemma
Iam1percent.com My Thoughts On Redistribution Of Wealth In America
momoneymohouses.com Tips for Good Job Interviews-Common Mistakes to Avoid
greenpandatreehouse.com The Best Way To Invest Your Money In A Side Business
“Does thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.”
– Benjamin Franklin