As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post “Life Lessons From Parents” I had the opportunity to visit my aging parents this weekend. As usual, they offered me guidance and the unconditional love that only our parents can offer. I sat down and talked with them about what was going on in my life, and what my goals were for the next few months. I asked them how they have been, and if they are adjusting well to be empty nesters. My dad told me that he has been cherishing his time, and living each day as if it was his last. Those words got me thinking “What does it really mean to cherish our time?”
It is so easy to get caught up in the grind of life that sometimes we lose track of time. Most people have goals they want to achieve. It may be working your butt off to get a promotion at work to take your career to new levels, saving money for a rainy day or to pay down debt, getting your college diploma to get in the door. The point is that goals take time, and commitment to achieve. How many people really ask themselves what is the true value of their time, and is the goal worth the cost of losing it.
Now, I am not saying that goals are bad. I believe that we need to set goals in order to stay on course in life. What I am saying though is that we need to incorporate reflection into our daily grind. Spending time during the course of the day to think about accomplishments outside of work, and school.
I spent some time yesterday thinking about what truly matters to me. I thought a lot about how lucky I am to have a supportive spouse who loves me for who I am, I thought about how fortunate I am to have a great roof over my head in a safe neighborhood, and I thought about my parents, and what their guidance and support truly mean to me. After reflecting for a few hours the answer to my question “What does it mean to cherish our time?” finally dawned on me. Cherishing our time is not another action or time commitment. It is the process of being thankful for what we are given.
If you are truly thankful for the blessing you have in your life it will trickle down into your attitude during the course of the day. Personally, I am still new to this cherishing time stuff. However, I hope that being more thankful for what I have will allow me to stop focusing on the things that I can not control or the goals that I have not attained.
Do yourself a favor. Slow down, and focus on what is really important. Thanks for speaking wisdom Dad……I heard you.