The value of time
I love how the Bible explains in Ecclesiastes 3 that there is a time for everything; a moment in time or a season in which we have to do or experience something. “We all experience these feelings and emotions at some point…
a time to weep and a time to laugh. A time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together. A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing. A time to get and a time to lose. A time to keep and a time to cast away. A time to rend and a time to sew. A time to keep silence and a time to speak.”
I recently discovered that my understanding of this verse has been somewhat misguided, as I always had this idea that time was something you waited and reacted on. Even though this passage is true for us all, I realised that the amount of time I spend on some of these experiences and emotions were completely up to me. Over the last few months, I have focused on how I spend my time and have been questioning whether I am using my time to my best interest. Questioning myself on whether I am being responsible with the time that I have on this earth and whether I am using it to make a positive impact.
It is strange how we sometimes think that we are wasting time by doing things that matter and yet we value time spent on living completely out-of-balanced lives. The thing about time is… the only real control you have over it, is what you do with it in this particular moment. It is impossible to change the time passed, to slow down the time ahead or to know whether you will still have it tomorrow. Any energy spent on time outside of this particular moment, is time wasted. The strange thing however is, that we have heard this message so many times and yet somehow it is as if we do not get it. Passing through life wasting the time we have been given on things that do not benefit us or those around us; dragging our feet as we wish for time to pass because tomorrow will be better.
I have come to the realisation that if I want to see my life improve drastically, I will have to start to place more value on the time that I have and how I spend it. It is only once we discover the true value of time that we truly start living fulfilled lives, because it is only at this point that we realise we do not have time to waste.
So yes, I will use my time to travel and experience things; I will spend my time with the people I love and I will not waste a moment of it on things that do not benefit me or those I come into contact with.