What are you spending your life on? – Monday Motivation #19
Lives are like money, what are you spending yours on? ~Anon
What are you spending your life on?
As Mother’s Day passes, I’m thinking about how time flies and how I never seem I have enough of it.
How did my children get to be fourteen and twenty? What have I done with my life thus far and have I truly been living it? If I died tomorrow, looking back from the other side, would I think I spent my time well?
Time is money: such a trite phrase, but what if time were money, how differently would we treat our lives?
What if seconds were pennies, minutes dollars, days were Jacksons, and months Ben Franklins? How would we spend our lives then?
One of my favorite songs is a simple song about money by Pink Floyd and immediately it came to mind when I thought about this week’s theme: Money; and it provides the three things we can do to ensure we are spending and investing wisely.
1. “Money, get away …
Get a job with more pay and you’re OK”
If time were money, one of the first things I would do is try to get more of it.
So, how do I find a way to make more time in today’s hectic day-today?
I think we do it by doing the same thing we do with our finances, we budget.
1. Budget your time.
As a limited resource, ask yourself, am I spending my life in the way that satisfies me most?
Budget the time you spend doing things that MUST be done so that you have more time for the things you LOVE doing. And what about the things that you simply do habitually? Does that episode of your favorite reality TV show really fulfill you so fully that the time couldn’t be better spent elsewhere?
2. “Money it’s a gas …
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash”
The next thing I would do is treat my time with the same sense of having “earned” it as I do with my paychecks, with the same sense of value and maybe even a bit of selfishness or greed in terms of what my time is worth to me and what it should be worth to others.
If there is something or someone stealing your time, particularly when they don’t deserve it as much as other priorities in your life, snatch it back.
2. Take back time that you’ve allowed other activities or persons to steal.
When people or activities take your time without offering anything of value back to you, they are thieves, stealing your precious life.
Seeing it that way changes how much of that we are willing to tolerate.
Wrest your time back from those “life suckers” and apply it to those things that you find more valuable.
3. “Money, get back …
I’m all right, Jack, keep your hands off my stack”
Finally, protect what you have left, especially considering you can’t see the balance in your “bank account.”
3. Protect the life you have left.
People who have had near death experiences, come away forever changed. They are willing to “trim the fat” and “live life to the fullest” and leave all else by the wayside.
They covet every minute they’ve got because they know that the seconds are worth far more than pennies … some might even say that each day is a full gold bar.
Your time really is your life.
You only have so many minutes to spend in a lifetime … and it’s doled out in annual allotments of five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes (picture me singing happily):
How will you spend your life?
Join the discussion and add in your own thoughts and ideas of how you “spend” your life.