I think all of us would say that we value our time, right? We don’t like to wait in lines or be put on hold for hours. We like to get places quickly and hate being stuck in rush hour traffic. We value our time and don’t want it wasted.
Except if we’re the ones wasting it.
How many times do we catch ourselves scrolling on our phones for hours or binge watching 12 episodes of our favourite show? How often do we say we value time and yet when someone asks us for help, we say we’re too busy and we don’t have time.
Personally, I’m totally guilty of this. I find myself scrolling on my phone when I’m supposed to be spending time with my family and I don’t even realize I’m doing it until I’m called out on it. These time wasting habits can be broken. Our time is valuable and we want to spend it on the things that are important so that we don’t regret it later. Don’t let the kids grow up or a friend pass away before realizing that time is a gift.
If we really value our time, we’d be more careful about how we spend it. We’d be looking for productive ways to use our time to help others or make an impact. Time is the easiest thing to waste and one thing you can never ever get back.
This really hits home for me this week. My dear friend passed away over the weekend and while I feel so grateful for all the ways she impacted my life, I can’t help but reflect on how short life is. It could be gone in a second and we never know how much time we’ll have with someone.
Time is a gift and each new day should be cherished.
So ask yourself: are you spending your time on things that matter and with the people that matter most? If you’re not, what is taking up your time? Is there something you can remove from your schedule that would free up some of your time? Think about some times in your schedule that could be used more wisely.
There’s nothing wrong with being on your phone or watching some TV – sometimes those can be good ways to wind down and destress. The problem comes up when they take over all your other priorities.
You may not have control of when your time runs out but you do have control of how you spend your time each day. How will your time reflect what you value?
Connect the Dots
Block out at least one hour of time in the upcoming week to spend quality time with someone you love. Don’t get distracted and be present with them. Listen to their heart and see how it feeds your own. Time is a gift, lets see the value in it and not waste it.