Have you ever watched kids, On a merry-go-round? Or listened to the rain, Slapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight? Or gazed at the sun into the fading night? You better slow down. Don’t dance too fast. Time is short. The music won’t last. Do you run through each day, On the fly? When you ask: How are you? Do you hear the reply? When the day is done, do you lie in your bed, With the next hundred chores, Running through your head? You’d better slow down, Don’t dance too fast. Time is short, The music won’t last. Ever told your child we’ll do it tomorrow? And in your haste, Not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch, Let a good friendship die, Cause you never had time, To call and say Hi? You’d better slow down. Don’t dance so fast. Time is short. The music won’t last. When you run so fast to get somewhere, You miss half the fun of getting there. When you worry and hurry through your day, It is like an unopened gift thrown away. Life is not a race. Do take it slower. Hear the music, Before the song is over.” Timothy Ferris
Taking in the sounds, smells, and feel of a waterfall always slows me down and brings a sense of peace
Timothy Ferris’s book, The Four Hour Work Week, made me contemplate the way we as a culture use our time, wasting much on busy work, and how to use the time we do have to do things worth doing. My reflection on time continues as I strive to use the moments I have fully.
“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” – William Penn
I recently celebrated a birthday. They say that the number means nothing, with that I have to agree, but there is something about a birthday that makes me think about the passage of time. I acknowledge the fear I have around wasting my precious time here on this earth.
Another year of my life has gone by, did I use it well?
How much time did I waste as a robot, going from one thing to the next, or worse, worrying about the problems that didn’t really exist? How much time did I waste on the things that don’t matter at all?
How much time did I spend doing things I love with the people I love? How much time did I spend contributing to the world? How much time did I spend happy?
Time is our most precious resource, so taking a couple moments to reflect on whether or not we are making the most of the finite time we are given is worthwhile. The decisions we make about how we spend our time will determine the quality of our lives. Would you rather use this time learning something new, or scrolling that person’s Facebook? Would you rather spend this time making a phone call to a loved one or playing a game on your cell phone?
There are no right or wrong answers, if you find true joy in Facebook or phone games, I say, GO FOR IT, use your time that way. However, if you don’t, remember that your time is precious, and it is best used on precious things.