Time Well Spent

Appreciating the Moments Right in Front of Us

Have you ever noticed how we talk about time? We crunch it, beat it, and race against it. We often attempt to cram so much into our day that we are left breathless even trying to “keep up.” But what exactly are we keeping up with?  Do you recognize any of the following phrases?

“I don’t have time for that.”

“There just isn’t enough time.”

“I need to make some time for that.”

We talk about time as if it is some assignment beyond our control. Seems like there is always a song on repeat in our hearts, an anthem that we live our lives by. Unfortunately, our life song sometimes is not one we are proud of. It goes kind of like the old Alabama song,

“I’m in a hurry to get things done

Oh I rush and rush until life’s no fun

All I really gotta do is live and die

But I’m in a hurry and don’t know why”

Whether our time is occupied with things we need to do or things we like to do, there is a feeling that everything is important.  It all needs to get done and the sooner the better, because there is always more to do. It leaves us with a feeling of wanting, of never having enough.  It can create sadness for all the things we do not have time for, for opportunities lost. 

Here is some truth to take in.  You have an abundance of time. There might not be enough time to do everything, but there is enough time to do the most important things. There is plenty of time to complete all the high‑value activities and there is plenty of time to live a joyful life along the way.  So much of what we spend our time on seems important but really is not.  Let us spend our time and efforts on the things that matter.  When we are tempted to race against time, it is important to remember that there are 1440 minutes in a day.  We always have time for our top priorities if we intentionally choose them. 

We can become so preoccupied with the idea of spending time efficiently that we miss the opportunities to spend it well.  While schedules can serve us, over-scheduling leaves little space to simply be delighted, to let a moment catch us by surprise.  Let us no longer measure our life based on what we achieve in a week, a day, or an hour. Let us measure it by the moments that will define our lifetime. Maybe it is a moment of laughter or joy. Maybe it is letting the heartaches sink in for a breath or two. Our time is well spent by taking in the only view that really matters, the moments unfolding right in front of us.  That is why they call it “the present.”  After all, it is a gift.

Pictured is the Lee Avenue clock, a landmark of downtown Hampton, SC.

Previously published in the Hampton County Guardian Augusta Chronicle USA Today Network.

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