Well first of all I have to ask- has anyone out there read the book “The Grey Gentleman”? It is one of my favorite books and discusses the issue of being busy, rushing and hurrying in our lives.
Time has become one of the things I think most about every single day, thoughts like; how much time do I have on this earth? what do I want to accomplish in the time that I have? how will I manage the time I have efficiently? how can I save more time? what are time wasters? It’s funny because I am obsessed with time management–while determined to not be too busy or to be ”hurried”.
The American culture is very rushed, pack more in, do more, make more, have more, more, more, more! In doing this so many people I observe are just WAY TOO BUSY! The sad part is that they always act like they have no choice, no control and no say in the matter. Do all your kids HAVE to be in activities? Does every day HAVE to be packed with something? Does all your time NEED to be scheduled? OK, so I am a compulsive scheduler I must confess, but I schedule lots of “down time” and “open time” and don’t feel as rushed as I used to.
Some of the biggest time eaters are jobs and kids: how many kids have you decided to have? why did you decide to have that many? what do you want your family life to look like? how do you want your kids to remember their time with you?
And about the jobs people, sooo many people work way harder and way longer then what they NEED to do. Why? So they can have more stuff–let’s be real. Your family won’t remember the stuff but the TIME TOGETHER.
As I reflect about today and what I want to carry out I know my priorities in order: GOD, family, friends…then housework. There is always housework, I am never done and am constantly trying to outsmart my to do list so I can spend more of my time on meaningful pursuits (like blogging ha ha!:)
One word I think a lot about is the word “summation” what will be the summation of my life? The defining aspect? the overall effect? Will I change someone’s life? Will I help someone’s marriage? Will I help a child have a brighter future? My goal is to not waste the time God has given me–time is a GIFT. To loosely quote a dying queen of England: “all my possessions for another hour”. Do you value each hour you are given?
What are some things that can get done in 1 hour:
-a phone call with a hurting friend that will help him or her make good decisions
-a car or email to someone you love
-a devotional with your child to teach them to respect adults
-de-clutter a time waster in your life-a closet-a room maybe?
-snuggle with your spouse and watch a movie
-read your child a book
-pray and find inspiration
The list is endless, but time isn’t…not on this earth anyway. I have been thinking about a friend of mine who is in the ICU and wondering if it is her time yet–I sure hope not!
Anyway, time to go be efficient while not rushing;) I crack myself:) Hopefully my babbling made sense.
“H and G” -name that movie