If your life is anything like mine – and I’ve come to realise that for many of us, there are more things keeping us connected and alike than there are things which keep us apart – then I know that time is as much a commodity, and a precious reserve for you, as it is for me.
I am sure it puzzles you as much as it does me, how all of us, who are each allocated the same number of hours per day, deal with things so differently and achieve such different results as well. What makes him more successful than you? How is he able to achieve ‘more’ than you?
Yes, he may have more money and money can buy you more resources, more convenience and allow you to take shortcuts that perhaps others may not have access to. Yet, I know that not everything links back wholly to whether a person has enough money only. Much of it must lie in the approach, the daily habits, the strategies you put in place, how you look at and consider issues and perspectives as they come before you.
Here is one more thing – I have heard and read and it confirms what I have long suspected as well – it lies in the choices you make. I am not talking purely about the big decisions, those life changing decisions only. I am referring to the daily choices and decisions you make. And here is one for you to consider.
Make it meaningful – make it count for something.
How many times have you sat in a meeting you didn’t see value in or one where you provided, let’s be honest, zero value? You were neither interested, nor able to contribute yet you sat there.
How many times have you engaged in repetitive activity that really brought no meaty results but it provided you with some relief as if to say, that the act of doing it was work and therefore justified?
How many times have you attended parties or gatherings you were interested in yet thereafter discovered that it was nothing like what you imagined and yet you stayed and watched the time go by?
Your life is made up of the small decisions you make. You’d like to think big picture all the time, like your character is sewn by only the big decisions you make, the monumental ones you crave. Yet, sometimes, a big picture is really a series of small pictures all interlinked.
Life lies in the balance. Not everything is judged or weighed purely in relation to the big picture. Many things are just as important – like the little decisions you make daily or often enough. Consequently, you may be affected and you may affect the little things in life as well. And watch out too for those repetitive little decisions you make lest they turn from one offs into a habit.
With time being ever so precious, with it slipping through our fingers at such an amazing rate, with the speed at which so much of what you do and say can be hastened and brought to bear, you owe it to yourself to bring greater meaning to your life, not purely in terms of big decisions you face but also in the small ones made.
Your time is as precious as the person next to you and it is imperative that you choose how you spend it wisely. To let it just flow by, to let the minutes tick by into hours and the hours into days and then be led to believe that the life you lead has meaning is a pretense. You’d like to think it doesn’t matter because you may believe that it’s a case of minutes or just a half day lost … and anyway, what’s the big deal?
But if it’s not about a one off decision but rather an approach you employ to many things that come across your path, you are not really referring to minutes lost, but considerable chunks of your time. Chunks of time that once lost, are irretrievable. Chunks of time that when you look back on your life, you will be unable to explain away.
I would say, that you have choice. You can attribute meaning to what you do and how you do it and you owe it to yourself to make your choices and your time count for something. Not purely for others, but also for yourself.