While giving no credit for the quote or statement, “time is the most precious commodity that we have available to us”. As a young man, I took little notice of time, wasting it, losing track of it or just ignoring it. As a older man, with no assurance of how much I have left, i try to use it wisely and enjoy every moment that I have here on earth. Living in the moment and fully engaged wherever I am seems to be a mantra for the current time.
Now does matter, but so does tomorrow. I can only effect now, so it seems simple to not worry about what comes next. I have never been a big worrier. There are times that feeling anxious or wondering what comes next or what might happen is natural. When I experience these times I attempt to just let it go by focusing on what I am going to do. Taking action seems to work. Doing what I want to do, using the time for something I like works for me.
I control the things that I can control. Doing this empowers us as humans. There are many things that we cannot control. This version of the “Serenity Prayer” is a teaching moment in schools, therapy sessions and physical examinations with our physician. I ask simply, “what do you want to do”? When the person says “I do not know”, my response is, what do you need to know to make the best decision for you? More data, or information can help but how much is enough? I can seldom answer this question, but I will push my client to make a good decision. What decision is the right one? Right or wrong is in the eye of the beholder, but other people will judge it or us constantly.
I do not have good days or bad days, there are just days filled with things that I have chosen to do. As a self directed person, I work at pleasing myself and that includes important people in my life. My final thoughts on this brief treatise are:
- Spend time with people we like or love
- Do things that make you feel like your actions are worth your investment of time
- Laugh, love, and smile quietly
- When your eyelids open the next day, live it!