In life’s travels sometimes you end up putting in hours that you do not plan for. At the end of the day there are a couple things that will keep you living a long life: Working hard and doing healthy things. This is paraphrased from a man I met a couple weeks back who is now 99 years old. Just to shake the hand of someone who has seen a century of life and to see he is still moving and vibrant at such an age is amazing in itself. It brings me to wonder in my journey where will things lead and how long do I have.
Of all the things we keep track of and consider to be important to us there are expendable things and there are non-expendables. I would consider money to be in the expendable category. Although you need it to get through life, it is something that is replaceable. I mean anyone can earn money. Money is a venture sought by all in one way or another. It magnifies what is already inside of us. For some that may be greed. For others that may be philanthropy. Resources (usually exchanged for money) are also replaceable. Things like cars and clothes and homes. The one commodity that we have in limited supply and is not replaceable is time. Time is of the essence. Time is money. Time … is on my side. Time is an abstract thing to think about because we place constraints on it just in the way we describe it. We call people old on one hand but clock our best lap around the track or fastest mile on the treadmill down to the second. Ultimately we take time for granted. Who is older a 10 year old child or an 80 year old man? Depends on when they are scheduled to leave this life. How about a 10 year old child with stage 4 cancer and a relatively healthy 80 year old man? Changes things a bit doesn’t it? We have to take a look and explore this in order to space out our decisions and goals.
We all try to practice some sort of time management but I ask is there a difference between someone who “uses their time wisely” or someone who is lackadaisical in their time consumption? I think it ultimately comes down to one key thing. Using our time to achieve our goals in life. In order to do that in the most efficient way we have to know what we want. This is probably the hardest thing to focus on because we have so many choices in this life of ours. I know I am heading down a rabbit hole but bear with me, there is light at the end of this tunnel. We are guided by what we see and hear. We are also guided by our internal compass. We know deep down what we really want to do but a lot of the time we are diverted into the “normal” life, depending on our surroundings. It makes the difference between the 10,000 year old hunter/gatherer who evolves into a machine making, sword wielding, horse riding, manufacturing, technologically advanced being or just someone who continues to travel at the breakneck speed of the hunter/gatherer for millennium. There are still people living in the 10,000 year old world today on this planet. In the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People”, Covey describes the two circles of influence. The inner (smaller) circle represents things within our control. This smaller circle is super imposed inside of the larger circle which represents things out of our control. When things in the larger circle impose their will on the things in the inner smaller circle that is when conflicts arise. Mostly we should be concerned with things in the smaller circle because those are the things we can control. Those are the things that ultimately matter and things that should shape and guide our decisions about what we want and who we aspire to become. So it comes down to your sphere of influence and core values and beliefs.
Setting up your life to point toward what it is you want out of life frees up a ton of processing power on your brain. This also allows you to make educated on-the-spot- decisions without overthinking if something is worth your time and effort. The disclaimer to all of this would be that we are all human and are all capable of getting off track. We are also all capable of much more than we could even dream of! We have the ability to make massive changes in our worlds and powers beyond belief. You just have to set yourself free from the stigmas and people around you who tell you things are impossible. If that is your inner dialog then maybe its time you sit down with yourself and have a good heart to heart and let yourself know that you will not stand for mediocre thoughts and behaviors.
Don’t go at it alone. Find someone or something to hold you accountable whether an app where you can put real money in escrow and that have that money go to your least favorite charity if you don’t stick to what you said you were going to do or someone who is maybe doing something similar to what you are trying to accomplish who helps push you (and you do the same for them).
Without going off on too many more tangents I will leave it at that. Some things to think about when you have free time in front of the TV or you are just staring at your computer screen at work wondering why you are even there in the first place. You would be surprised what a little introspective thought will do for you. Don’t be too alarmed when you find out that things are not all that you planned for. Don’t be alarmed when you find yourself a bit disappointed. Just know there is always time to do course corrections. Its never too late to change anything.