Thursday, September 14, 2017

Make Time For What's Important


“You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.” ~ Charles Buxton

Earlier this evening, as I was scrolling through old photos, I found some pictures that immediately caused a smile to crawl across my face. Like a favorite smell from my youth, these shots instantly transported me back to a special moment in time. Even now, as I write these words, I can still hear her laughter fill the air like the refreshing scent of rain on a comfortable spring afternoon. It's intoxicating to think about all the wonderful time that we've shared over the years. Sometimes, when my sentimental side takes over, I wish that I could go back just to experience these delicate moments again.

Do you have memories like this? Maybe you think about your childhood friends and the games you used to play until the streetlights came on. Maybe you recall images of your grandmother and how she used to make hot chocolate with marshmallows on cold winter nights. For many of us, those people and places hold a special spot within our hearts and minds. It's magical.

While it's easy to get lost in the beautiful visions of yesterday, it is extremely important to realize that we have been given the gift of right now. It is in this very moment that we all have the opportunity to create new memories, write new stories, and experience new things that could forever change us.

In writing that, I have to ask this question, "What are you saying YES to?" In other words, how have you chosen to spend your limited resource that we call time? Are you using it to enjoy life together with those you love or are you using it to punish them with distance because they hurt you some time ago? Are you using your time to leave a legacy of hope or are you sucking the life from those around you? Are you embracing the now, facing your fears, and living today like it was your last or are you hoping to stay within the comfort of what's familiar?

However you decide to spend your time, remember that we only get to live this moment once. Let's decide right now to make the rest of our life, the best of our life.

"The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot." ~ Michael Altshuler

Let's make today great, the decision is yours.  

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