As 2015 hovers on the horizon, I find myself looking back over 2014 and I feel blessed and amazed by the year that has almost come to an end. Time is the one thing that you can never make more of. I feel that it is important to make the most of each moment that you have as you will never get that moment back again.
Have you ever really taken the time to think about time? Do you live each and every moment with the knowledge that you will never get that moment back? What if you did? Would you change the way that you do things during the day? Would you take more time to play on your cell phone, or would you spend more time with those you love or doing things that are meaningful in your life? We take time for granted, we think that there will always be time to do that later, someday, maybe. Do you want to take that chance?
I have spent more time in my adult life than I would have wished dealing with my Multiple Sclerosis. I am no longer giving any of my precious time to this, I have more important things to give my time too. I enjoy life, I have found that when I do something with my time that has meaning I feel nurtured and my time is well spent.
I have been reading Viktor Frankl’s book “Man’s Search For Meaning” and it makes me realize just how important it is to have meaning in your life, to have a reason to move forward and get up each day. Time is very, very dear to those who have no idea how much of it they have, but then, who really knows how much time any of us have?
Mr. Frankl speaks of “existential vacuum” in his book. He calls it the phenomenon of the twentieth century, and now the twenty-first century. Man used to have a reason to get up every day, he had to find wood, get food, go to work, something always gave him a reason to keep moving forward. Man is losing the ability to follow his instincts and propel himself forward. When this happens he moves into one of two categories 1. he wishes for others to tell him what to do or 2. he just does what other people want him to do. At the time of the publication of his book, the first being in 1959, a statistical survey of his European students showed that 25 percent of them showed a more-or-less marked degree of existential vacuum. This same survey done in America at in that same time frame showed a 60 percent ratio! Most of the time this vacuum shows itself in a state of boredom. (Man’s Search For Meaning, Page 106).
Time and meaning. We all have the same hours in a day, we each receive 24 of them no more and no less. For those that have no meaning, no reason to get up and do something, time drags on and boredom sets in. So does apathy, depression, and addictions. I realize that it’s not that simple all the time, but sometimes it really is.
Looking back over the past year I realize that I have great meaning in my life, I have a reason to get up each morning and move forward. I love to learn and I’ve learned so much over the past year. I will continue to learn in the coming year. What I learn, I pass on to my clients. I make a difference and that means something to me. I feel that most of my time is well spent and I feel very good about that. I can always make more money, eat a good meal, or buy new clothes, those are things that can be replaced and regained. Time is my most precious commodity.
How do you spend your time? Does it give you meaning? Does it fill your soul? Does it nurture you? This coming New Year, reflect back over the past twelve months. How did you spend your time? Did you spend it wisely or did you waste it away? Make the effort to put a bit more meaning into the time that you spend next year. Look at it as an experiment to set down your cell phone, walk away from your computer and join the world of meaning. Spend time doing something that nurtures you, not that just kills time. May you all have a beautiful new year …