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Time ~ The Little Things #2

More about the little things in life that mean so much to me.

When I was younger, I was often focused on the next big milestone, event, celebration, or purchase, birthdays, graduations, wedding, babies, jobs, cars. My days were often defined by what came next. 

At times, I anticipated even more than I experienced. Age has given me the gift of reflection and reprioritizing what gives me immediate joy as well as the ability to appreciate my todays. 

And, as time zooms by, the little things in life have increasingly become the big things. The older I get, the more easily I can recalibrate what is important in my life.

What are your priorities?

I talked about Coffee yesterday. Very important to enjoy a cup every day.

Spending time with my spouse is equally important. Vital to my existence actually. Time is something we can never get back once it is gone.

People often say, “I don’t have the time to …” Fill in the blank with whatever you like: exercise, make dinner, write a book, start a company, run for political office. What makes these people think that they have less time than anyone else? Of course they don’t. 

We all have the same 24 hours in each day and make real decisions about how we spend them. If you really want to get in shape, then carve out time to exercise. If you want to write a book, then pick up a pen and do it. 

The clock is ticking. Try to make use of each moment in each day you are blessed to have.

A favorite Buddha quote… “The trouble is you think you have time.”

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Written by Carol DM

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  1. a friend of mine is a Buddist monk, he used to be at the temple near our house. He and I became friends (he was outside every day sweeping the front area of the temple) when Dylan and I walked by. Dylan loves him!

    He would say the following “Do not measure time, it is like sand it flows through your fingers. Do not capture time in a bottle, it will disappear, Remember that time is more easily lost than found.”

    i live by that!

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  2. Wonderful post, Carol, and deeply true. Our conditioning in modern western society prioritises anticipation, specifically anticipation of consumption. It is easy to disown responsibility for managing our own time, but in the end, it is up to each of us how we spend the time allotted to us.

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