A new year is upon us. Will this be the year of great accomplishments, failures, or mere survival for you? How soon before your resolutions become failed promises and broken dreams? Or, will this year be your breakthrough moment, where aha moments lead to a stronger commitment to doing things a new way and to doing new things?
Every second of the
86,400 seconds you get today, and on each and every day of your life, is
precious. How will you spend each one?
We know that time is precious. This irreplaceable commodity has an expiration date, one that is unknown to any of us. We can, if fortunate enough, hire people to use their time to help us appropriate our time to do something that we feel is more worthwhile or important. But we still have a limited supply of time no matter what.
When you choose to do A, it precludes you from doing B or anything else at that moment, setting you up and positioning you for something else that you want or need to do seconds, minutes, or hours later.
All of time is equal in a day but not in a lifetime.
A day in my twenties and thirties is worth more than a day in my eighties, in the sense that time in my youth seems more valuable than time in my elder years, just as the year of raising a seven-year-old is more previous than when having a 27-year-old.
But, in a given day, all of time is equal and how I spend the first or last second of a day is of a similar importance. We need to make the most or every second, doing the very thing we need or desire to do.
One thing that I hope to change this year is to spend less time escaping, avoiding, and unwinding. This means that I need to spend a little less time mindlessly trying to swipe my way out of boredom.
Less wading through random Internet articles and social media posts is needed.
I need to spend less time surfing television to invest in an eight-part streaming show that should be told in two episodes.
I certainly want less time arguing over nonsense with family members. I should be less invested in trying to prove a silly point that no one gives a crap about.
I also need to devote less time decrying what a waste our nation has become. It makes me sound old and does nothing for anyone.
Time is invaluable. You lost seconds of your life to reading this piece, but hopefully it was worthwhile. Live your life fully, enjoyably, and meaningfully. Re-evaluate how you use your time and make the most of it to do what you truly love to do.
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