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“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘don’t want to.” Lao Tzu
“Time is a game played beautifully by children.” Heraclitus
“Lost time is never found again.” Benjamin Franklin
Time matters more to me at seventy-three than it did at twenty-three. At twenty-three time seemed to stretch out forever. I couldn’t image forty-three much less seventy-three. Now I know that time has limits. It can’t be saved. You spend it. And, I know that how it’s spent pretty much determines my future. Love, respect, and prosperity tend to come to those who spend time wisely.
Time spent foolishly can result in isolation and poverty. Think wisely about time. Ask yourself, do you take time to –
- Eat nutritionally and regularly?
- Connect with your partner?
- Enjoy your children?
- Stay connected with friends?
- Continue to learn?
- Consider the spiritual side of life?
- Plan for the future?
All of the above activities help you to stay in balance. For example, meditation, contemplation, and prayer help you to relax and connect with yourself and the world you live in. Taking care of your body with nutritious food, sleep, and exercise gives you energy to invest in what’s important. Time with good people results in attention, affection, and love. Personal time gives space for play and doing nothing if you want to. Planning for the future gives your life direction and learning new things enriches your life.
It’s important for you and your partner to think through how to balance out time. Failure to plan can result in things like excessive spending and an excessive amount of time devoted to work. It can also result in time being devoted to things like fun computer activities that isolate you from family and friends. The result is that you feel disconnected with both yourself and others.
Think about how you’re spending your daily allowance of twenty-four hours? Talk it over with your partner. Be sure your time is wisely invested. Time does matter.
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