If someone asked you, “What’s the valuable thing you have?”, what would your answer be?
It should be ‘time.’
It’s the secret to being able to do the things you want to do in this life and it all begins with realizing just how precious it is.
Time is a limited resource. When you’re younger, you’ve got all the time the world. As you add decades to your life, you hit that point where you realize the road is a lot shorter ahead than what’s behind you.
This topic came to mind when I was looking through some old photo albums and I started doing the math. It was the 1960s, which were my kindergarten through 8th grade years. Take a moment to wander back to that time for yourself and see what you remember. What were your parents talking about? What was going on in the world?
As any fan of history knows, the 1960s were tumultuous, filled with riots, wars, assassinations, racial strife, free love, and social evolution. There’s a lot I remember about that time (and I have to do it while the thinker is still working properly) but what prints the most in my brain is my parents and their references to World War II. Guys were sent off to war and did not see their families or sweethearts for decades. There was rationing and a genuine fear that the enemy could win and take over our country.
This is where the math part comes in. That was in the 1960s, when they were remembering the 1940s. That’s 20 years. To put that into perspective, it would be like us talking about the 1990s, which to the younger generation seems like forever ago. However, to us seasoned citizens, it seems like yesterday.
All this to say that the events that take place today are the ones we’ll be talking about in a fast couple of decades, which our children and grandchildren will treat like ancient history. It just goes by so quickly.
So, while not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, my biggest personal goal for 2017 is to continue what I’ve been doing the past couple of years and making every moment count. Not in June, when this is over with, or the fall, when I tackle something else and get it out of the way. Now. Today. This moment you’re spending reading the ramblings I’ve slapped down on this cyber page.
I have been blessed with many life lessons and reminders that we only have so long on this planet. We’re here now and some day we’ll be gone. But why worry about the second part of that equation, when you can focus on the here and now.
The world is far from perfect. But I’m convinced that by taking each day as it happens, while taking steps to make the days ahead even better, we can each maximize our time here. Not for others, but for ourselves.
This week, reconnect with someone you’ve been meaning to sit down with and get caught up. Grab coffee, send a long-winded email or a Facebook Private Message. Reaching out to those who matter to us has never been easier and, because of that, we can tend to take it for granted.
Years ago, during my brief stint at 100.7-The Wolf in Seattle, I discovered a whole bunch of really great country music songs. I hadn’t paid much attention to them, but when you play them on the radio, you find yourself listening to the words. This Tim McGraw song really resonated with me and I hope you’ll set aside a couple of moments to enjoy it.
I love this concept. Live like you were dying. If you found out you had a year left, you know you’d change the way you live. So, how about doing that now, while you’ve hopefully got many years to go and make each of those years count?
Minute by minute.
Thanks for stopping by friends. Now, get out there and live!
Days after writing this, I read an article about someone who really is dying and blogging about the precious days she has left. It seems only right to pass along her website. http://fiveyearstolive.org/