I get a number of business newsletters via email. Most I unsubscribe from, but a few educate or cause me to stop and think about something, those I keep. I just love learning. It is so worth the time. In addition, today I had a call with someone I haven’t spoken to in a long while. Time was on both our minds.
As a result, one key point I left that conversation with was the awareness of what a gift time is.
The horrific number of people killed within the last week in the Middle East as well as Ukraine is a reminder that we never know how much time is left. Unexpectedly, we could die from any number of reasons. His family has had more than one loss in the past few months from disease.
Shortly after that conversation, I was reading a business article about the extreme waste of time most meetings are. It was calling for effective leaders to eliminate meetings other than when something vastly important needed to be shared in person or when brainstorming was the best and quickest solution to a particular problem. It was clear that the content of most meetings could be shared in an email, read in less than 5 minutes, literally saving hours of time for those who would not be required to attend numerous hour-long meetings for no good reason.
Just imagine if we were governed by the concept of valuing our time and our energy.
We would so easily let go of time-sucks such as Facebook, TV, and so on. We would waste far less time beating ourselves up for wasting time doing those things, and less time stressing over what didn’t get done while we watched those shows or videos, etc. In addition, the gift of time, when spent consciously, leaves us feeling full, blessed, and/or productive. We get to feel proud of ourselves for what we accomplished or experience how beautiful the day was as we walked or did something that brought us joy.
My last meeting today, with 6 women, was talking about self-care and what we are doing at this point in time with all the stress and agony in the middle east, with some having friends or family living there, and needing our prayers. The gift of time for those who are safe here praying for those loved ones in potential danger, as well as praying for the gift of time for all those innocent souls caught in war.
Yes, time is precious.
So, how are you spending yours? What do you do daily that you later judge yourself for? What do you not spend time on that you wish you did? Do you think there is always later? Are you a texter who doesn’t want to waste time talking to those you love since texting is faster? Will you regret that one conversation you could have had?
Do you resent when those you love ask for more time with you when you have “more important” things to do? Do you spend time each day in prayer or meditation remembering why you are here? There are so many ways to look at time, to use time, and to pass time. Please try to be conscious of what you do with yours. It is a gift and one that can never be replaced as we see with so many who have so little time to go.
I wish you a great time this week with great amounts of laughter, joy, love, prayer, and self-care. That makes time so worth its weight in gold as they used to say.….
Know that I am here if you should need and are ready to fly ahead in living that best life in the time you have.