The Little Big Things

When you wake up each morning are you full of energy and excited about the day that lies ahead of you? Does your mind race with all the possibilities of what you could do with the hours in the day? If you’re like most people, this happens more often on the weekend than on a weekday which is unfortunate considering how much easier it is for us to connect with each other and access information these days.  We have so much technology to help us stay connected with one another and yet it seems less frequent that we stop, turn the cell, pda, or other gadget off for a while and just enjoy each other’s company or really spend time on those dusty dreams we bury under all our busyness. How long has it been since you had a good long conversation with any number of family members or friends without allowing yourself to be distracted by the hustle and bustle all around you? How long has it been since you had a full hour of quiet “you” time? Do you regularly set goals and check them off one by one as you accomplish them? Do you still take the time to wish on stars and dream big dreams?

I get stuck feeling pretty serious sometimes when really, I’m just a big kid inside full of hope about all the things I’d love to do in life. I love to laugh and play and wish on stars and all those carefree seeming things. Too often though, I forget to take my own advice and slow down to really live fully and make time for the things I really want to. Most of us are familiar with all the different sayings there are about taking time to stop and smell the roses or some other adage that’s supposed to remind us that our lives are finite spans of time. Even though people live fairly long these days we won’t live forever. I know there are bills to be paid, appointments to be kept, families to take care of, errands to run and unfortunately our homes don’t keep themselves clean (maybe fortunately, I’m not sure I would really want a robotic house that has a mind of its own). Still, with only so many hours in a day and an uncertain number of days to live why don’t we use each one the way we really want to more often?

I know I let myself get caught up in the daily grind of things and there are a great many moments where I wish I had said what I wanted or talked a little longer with someone instead of allowing myself to feel that maybe that task couldn’t wait, whatever it was. There have also been many times I wanted to try something new or start some project and then turned around and talked myself right out of it because even though it would have made me happy to do that thing there were more practical things to be concerned about. Besides, why waste time on something fanciful when I have other things A through Z to deal with? Why worry about spending more time with someone right this moment when I’ll probably have many more chances? Why indeed?  Well…because some things are worth wasting time for. Really, when you stop and think about it, it’s not wasting time at all, is it? If you took even 10 minutes a day alone, to daydream about what would make you happy in life; spent at least a solid hour enjoying your family and maybe another hour catching up with friends or doing something for your community or working on that project that just makes you feel good to work on it…is that really such a bad thing?

I think most of us know we’ve got jobs to do and countless other responsibilities to fulfill; it’d be pretty hard for most of us to forget the importance of getting things done that need to be done. Sometimes though, I think many of us (myself included) don’t use the rest of our time in ways that would make us happier people in the long run. We watch too much TV or waste time surfing the internet or don’t take care of ourselves properly and even when we are doing something like spending time on one of our priorities or spending time with the people we care about, we don’t quite give them our full attention. I, for one, think a New Year’s resolution is in order and I think re- focusing on my true priorities gets first place for 2011.

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