This weekend at my retreat I had the pleasure of listening to many wonderful stories full of life lessons told from a lively charismatic Argentinian gentleman. He’s in his 70’s and stayed up talking with us well after midnight. He shared stories of love, loss, and hard learned lessons.
One of the common themes among the moral of his stories had to do with time. Specifically, how you leverage your time. He talked about the importance of being the manager of your time and not giving it away, exchanging it cheaply, or throwing it away. Of course, it could be argued that with his age comes a realization that one isn’t immortal. Judging by the stories he told (including the end of his marriage some many years ago and his choice to leave a mainstream job), I can’t help but think this is a conclusion he reached long ago.
His lesson on time made me think of how I’ve spent it in the past. Whether I valued it or sold it cheaply. Whether I maximized it or squandered it. Whether I appreciated it or took it for granted. Whether I owned it or gave it away to others. Whether I cherished it or was dismissive of it. Of course, I’ve gone through phases and even within those phases there’ve been peaks and valleys. I have to say for the most part, I’ve done a pretty good job of appreciating and valuing my time. I spend it with those I love, do things I want, and invest it directly into ways I’d like to see it pay off in the not so distant as well as the distant future. I’m very grateful for his wisdom and his laughter. He made this weekend very special for the little group of us that stayed awake until the wee hours laughing until our stomachs ached and paid for it trying to stay awake in class the next day.
Do you value your time? Do you appreciate the time you have? Do you spend your time in ways that align with your life’s vision? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments, feel free to share!