“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” ~ Carl Sandburg
Time. We all wish we had more of it.
More time in the day. More time to do what feeds us. More time to complete that project. More time to think.
You get the point.
Time is a commodity. A precious commodity. If you live 100 years, you only get 5,200 Saturdays on planet Earth. If you’re 20 years old you have spent over 1,000 of them already.
We are all in a race with the clock, a war with the calendar. It’s up to us if we win the race. It’s up to us if we’re victorious over the calendar. The key is being aware that it’s a choice. It’s your choice to say “yes” or “no” when someone or something wants some of your time. What does a win look like? How do we know if we’ve defeated our foe, the calendar?
Let me put it like this. Time is never borrowed – it’s only spent or invested.
Time spent is that which you will never see again. It speaks of regret. Time invested is purposeful and positive. It speaks of a decision made to use some of our limited time for something that hits the target for our life’s purpose and calling.
On your job, you allow your employer to buy some of your time to work on things that are important to that business. Depending on your employer, your job and your calling that time will either go in the spent column or the invested column. The same is true of everything else in our lives. It’s all time spent or time invested.
You are the only one who can do the accounting properly, and you should do that accounting. Not just with your job, but your relationships, your hobbies and progress on your life-goals.
This brings me to the million dollar questions:
Are you in control of your time, or is it out of control?
What, or who is spending your time for you?
What are you willing to change to be able to invest more time in something valuable?
I hope these words today cause you to put more time in the invested column. I hope these thoughts cause you to be more on-purpose with your days. I hope you find the courage to take account. Time is ticking.
Time invested is a win. Every time.