I hate to be the bearer of bad news but we are all dying; some faster and some slower than others but the end result is always the same. There is no escaping it. It is what we do with the time we have that truly defines us.
Most of us start out having been given little. This is not to discount what our parents and others did in terms of sacrifices and teachings. It is more the realty that we have to take what we have been taught and the opportunities we have been given, and do something with them to earn our living. So much of our time is absorbed in just this, trying to "earn" a living.
This get more complicated as we fall in love, have children, and acquire other responsibilities. The “simple” process of surviving (living) is compounded by having others somewhat dependent upon us and needing to meet their needs, just as our parents tried to do for us. We desire a better life for our children and will do almost anything to help them acquire it.
Now back to what we do with our time, that undefined (in most cases) period of time that we still have in our lives to establish something above and beyond who we are and what we have given. This is sometimes defined as our “good works” and often termed as our legacy. What does this mean? It means the sum total of how we invest our time and energies as long as we are able, and how we will be remembered. It means investing our available time and energies in something other than just living.
If I only have a limited amount of time to live, and I am just not sure how long that might be…does it not make sense to make the best of whatever time that is and to not waste any of it on unimportant things? The challenge is to determine what is truly important, what are the priorities I need to make the most of the time I have?
Some of us spend a lifetime just in trying to figure this out. Others adopt the "call of the masses" and choose to follow what someone else tells us is important. I have a ton of things to accomplish this morning but something told me that at this point in time it is important for me to write down these thoughts, before they escape, and to find a way to share them with you.
All I can do now is to encourage you to seek what is really important to you, what is worth the time you have remaining, and to pursue it with everything you can. Do not be persuaded by the masses but find the things that are most important to you and pursue them! I hope that you have found the time you spent reading this well spent, and that you read and comment on other things that I write. If so I will then know that my time in writing it was well spent. Thank You!