Life Lesson

I find that I learn some of the most profound life lessons when I am at work. So I was at work the other day, and I took a quick break to write down some more items on my To-Do List.

You see, I am one of those people. I am a list person. I have a To-Do list that is constantly updated containing Long Term and Short Term things To Do. Needless to say my life is contained on my list.

And if you are a list person, and you are reading this then what I am about to say will probably resonate with you: There are few things more satisfying than a completed To Do list.

Anyway, back to work. So I was at work and I got to thinking about life as it pertains to my To Do list. I have a lot of goals and things I want to do with my life. But as I mentioned in my previous blog, Time, you only have so much time and how you choose to spend your time defines who you are as a person.

And then it hit me-
Life is more than a completed To Do list.

Life is so much more.

Consider this- Lets say you have a “Bucket List” which is pretty much a glorified To Do list. And you spend your whole life completing things on your list. Do you really think this will lead to a fulfilled life? Consider the minimal amount of time you would spend completing the events on your list. Consider the large amount of time you would spend doing the menial tasks of life, the little things.
I find that the truly special experiences in my life are unplanned and spontaneous. Additionally, I find that special times occur because of special people. I have said this once and I will say it again: People matter most.. Always.

And that is the key. The life lesson is that our focus should be on people, not on our To Do list.

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Time

Consider this scenario: You are given $10,000 a week to spend however you like. The only caveat is that you cannot save it. You MUST spend the $10,000 a week or it vanishes at the end of the week.

What would you do? Would you travel? Would you spend it on family? Would you give it away?

Next question: What is the most precious resource we have on this planet?

I imagine your mind is racing so let me guide it for a moment. Think about this question in the context of your relationships.

At this point you have probably determined where I am going with this (or you noticed the title).
Additionally, if you have experienced the loss of the loved one then I am certain that you know what I am talking about.

You see, the scenario and the question both relate to time.

1 week consists of 7 days at 24 hours per day with 60 minutes in an hour. Quick calculation shows you that 7 x 24 x 60 = 10,080

10,080 minutes in a week. (I used 10,000 in the scenario just to keep it simple)

In a week we have over 10,000 minutes and we must choose how to use them.
This becomes compounded by the fact that nearly 3,000 of those will be spent sleeping. (7 hours each night)

Here is the point I am trying to make- How you spend your time determines your priorities. It determines who you are. It determines who you become. It determines the quality of your relationships.

Time can never be replaced. It is more precious than any gift you can give someone. To give someone your time means that you are giving them something that you can NEVER take back. And that principle applies to both good and bad things.

Consider the phrases “Spending time” and “Wasting time”- The both describe exactly what you are doing!

You are either spending your time in a worthy pursuit, or wasting your time on something worthless.

The clock is ticking.