Good morning, Monday Motivators!
I was so inspired yesterday when Lee Coate, Executive Pastor of The Crossing, talked about Time. He said that as a society, we are always asking, “What time is it?” We race here and there or try to see how much time we have left before we have to get to the next thing. Lee then framed the rest of the service around the question we should be asking instead, “What am I doing with my time?”
Lee talked about life being a fleeting moment and I agree with him when he said that when we are young, everything seems to take forever. We can’t wait until we can date, count the years until we can drive and then we are eager to do ‘adult’ things. When we get into our 50s and up, time passes at warp speed. I certainly have been experiencing this for the past several years. I will be celebrating a BIG birthday in August and I felt like I just celebrated the big 5-0 which was ten years ago already.
Be reminded that life is short and we don’t know if we will be here two more years, ten years or twenty years. I taught my World Class Assistant certificate program in Las Vegas last week. Two of the women were young widows, like me. One of them was telling me that her best friend, 62 years old, was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. (You know that is near and dear to my heart.)
“Your life is ticking away.” If you want to have a real wake up call, watch the movie In Time where time is a currency people exchange to get things they want or need in life, like food.
We need to put our priorities in order.
- Spend less time on Facebook and more time visiting people in person or talking on the telephone.
- Put aside your email or texting friends and go outside to play with your children.
- Write short little note cards to people you care about rather than send them an email.
- Remember to send birthday cards, not an e-card.
- Walk your dog and leave your cell phone in the house.
- Thank people at work who help you finish a project or meet a tight deadline.
- Time management – nonsense! We all have the same amount of hours in a day. But we have a different amount of years that we will live on earth. What are you doing with the time you have? If tomorrow were the last day of your life, what would you do today? Who would you be with today?
- Make sure you give time to these five pillars of your life: spiritual, wellness, family, career and financial.
- Help those who are less fortunate than you.
- Bake a cake from scratch.
- Watch funny movies with your family.
- Organize your work space and home; you will feel better and less bogged down.
- Laugh until your stomach hurts and tears well up in your eyes!
What have you been talking about doing for months or years and have not done yet? What are you waiting for?
Wishing you a week of not watching the clock but rather living your life as you are destined to live each day with fullness and richness!