- Becca Cutter, Certified Senior Care Manager
The Most Valuable Thing You Have...
Time is a beautiful thing.
The Time We Take to Talk About Time...
Have you noticed how much we ALL talk about time? I know that I do it. It seems like everyone needs to prove how much they are doing with their time. Everyone is so busy these days. We are in this constant competition with everyone around us to prove we are the busiest.
I think we feel the need to talk about time so much for several reasons.
One reason we talk about time so much is exactly what I previously mentioned, COMPETITION. We know that everyone has the same amount of time in a day and we think we are better if we accomplish more during that time than someone else. The problem here rests with the question, "Who can really say they did MORE than someone else, if they didn't experience the day the other person had?"
The second reason we take time to talk about time is because we need VALIDATION from others that what we are doing within that time matters.
For example, we say something along the lines of, "I went to the store, cleaned the house, went to the post-office, and picked up the kids from school." (Fill in tasks that correlate with whatever your day consists of.)
Our desired response from whoever we are professing this list of completed tasks to would be something like, "Wow! You did all that? Just today? You were awfully busy. Thank you so much. I really appreciate you getting all that done. You should sit down and rest after the hectic day you had." (Of course, I am being dramatic, but if you're being honest with yourself, you know that would be the best response ever.)
However, the reason we continue to seek this validation is because we usually receive responses like, "That's good. You should hear about all the things I had to do today." This answer is usually followed by the list of things that they did that qualify them as the "busier" person between the two of you. In turn, the initial pride and accomplishment you felt from getting so much done that day melts away and makes you feel unappreciated, defeated, and even sometimes resentment towards that person.
The third reason that I believe we do this is the entire purpose of this blog post. I think we all do our own VALUATION of time. We know that everyone puts time at the top of their "Things I Value" list. Because without time, what do any of us have? So, we value time and want others to realize this. Why?
Why Is Time So Valuable?
Time tells stories. Time produces wrinkles and faded yellow pictures. Time allows us to make memories and friends. Time gives us the opportunity to learn about the past, experience the present, and hope for the future. Time pressures us to find ourselves and discover our internal wants and desires. Time reminds us to breathe and to think before we speak. Time encourages us to love others with all we have. We all wish for more time and mourn the loss of it. Time is both constant and fleeting simultaneously. There are a certain amount of hours in a day, days in a week, weeks in a month, months in a year, and so on. Yet, time promises us an end and a beginning. What you do with your time matters. What you don't do with your time affects others. Your time is precious, but it is important to remember that everyone's time is precious. We all value our time. After all, time is the most valuable thing we all possess.
Time is precious. Time doesn't control what you can or cannot do. You do. Make the most of your time. Be happy, live in the moment, and treat every day like it's your last. Learn from those who have had more time than you. Pray for those, who have just entered into this world, to live a long, prosperous, and healthy life. Pray for those, who have been told their time is running out, to live the time they have left to the fullest. Listen to people when they are telling you about how they have spent their time, whether it's just about one day, or their entire life. Absorb this information and learn from people who have experienced different things than you.
Not one person is above time. Not one person can escape it's inevitable disappearance, or predict the future. Time is one of the only elements in this life that can tie us all together despite our differences. Time was gifted to us from God, so we should cherish it and put it to good use. Spending time on things that yield negativity, anger, stress, worry, sadness, pity, jealousy, envy, greed, or any other unhealthy feeling... just seems silly. Sure, we are human. We are going to experience things that are less than desirable, but don't waste your time instigating, fighting, and wallowing. Take the time to appreciate all the good things in your life and thank God for all of those things that come to mind.
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." James 1:17
I'll leave you with my goals for my time on this planet.
Tell people about our savior, Jesus Christ, and how he died on the cross for our sins. We are forgiven. He is your answer for all those questions you may have and all the emptiness or loneliness you may feel.
Love others well by being kind, gentle, and listening.
Tell people I love them as much as possible and tell them why they are important to me. Make sure I show genuine interest any time someone is telling me about their day.
Learn from others who have lived before me.
Have as many deep and meaningful conversations with people as I can.
Become a wife and a mother.
Think positive even when things are hard.
Thanks for taking the TIME to read this. I know your TIME is valuable. But hey, TIME flies when you're havin' fun reading blog posts, right?
Okay, enough with the time puns. Time to get back to work. Oops, I did it again.
Hope you all have a great day!
Certified Senior Care Manager