Spending time living on purpose

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As we rumble through this week, we are closing in on the end of another year. With each year, what others have told me about time going faster as you get older seems very true.

There are many things that reflect this. One of them, very specific to me, is how each edition of the newspaper is numbered corresponding to the week of the year. This week’s is No. 52. Week-by-week it is a very marked reminder of just how far we’ve flown through the year. On the personal level, there’s my little pill (mostly vitamins) keeper that is a visual reminder of progress through the week and I admit, on some particularly tough weeks, the goal is to just to get to the Saturday and Sunday compartments.

During this season, even more than any other period, time seems to be a rare commodity. It never seems to be any different. It seems that once Halloween arrives, it’s time to buckle your seatbelt because “the holidays” are barreling down on us.

With all of this, I have come to realize that time is golden. You don’t get it back. Even though, centuries ago, there were some days added in to make the calendars work out right. Every person’s bank account starts every day with the same balance, 1,440 minutes – 86,400 seconds. How you choose to spend your time currency is your choice.

Theodore Geisel, Dr. Seuss, prescribes to looking through the telescope backwards to see things from a different perspective. One of the most inspiring people I’ve interviewed, Patti Foster who miraculously survived a horrible car wreck years ago, lives her life “on purpose,” with purpose, because she believes that’s what she’s meant to do.

Maybe it wouldn’t hurt in life, as we repeat actions that eventually become habits that devour our time, to stand back and get a different perspective. It’s something I still need practice on as I ask, are these moments spent with meaning and in doing things that feed my soul? There’s a choice, and the children’s wordsmith Seuss also has a quote that pretty much sums it up this way: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.” Simple, yes, but resoundingly clear.

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