One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.
– Dale Carnegie
I read a piece earlier that really made me think. I won’t quote it verbatim, but the general point of the piece was that we ALL have the same amount of time. I mean, we all say “Man, I’m so busy this week” because we are, but that’s a choice. The part of it that we have no choice over is how much time we have. There are 24 hours in a day. That’s what I get, that’s what you get, that’s what everyone we know gets.
Once, when I was complimenting her on how successful she was at seeking and planning her freelance work, my friend Mindy said “Time is being spent. Always. I try to use it wisely.”
It’s true. Time is always being spent. My time, our time, your time. 24 hours each day. But, and here’s the part that made me think, Michelangelo, and Mother Teresa, and Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, and Einstein and Thomas Edison… all they had was 24 hours a day also. Ben Franklin, Jonas Salk, Marie Curie, Charles Schultz, Beethoven… they got 24 hours a day.
This, of course, should come as no surprise – 24 hours is how long the day is, we all know it. But when you look at what some people do with their time… I think it’s okay for the rest of us to take a minute and think.
So, my thought today: As my time is being spent, how am I using it? Am I choosing wisely?