“Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and when the grass of the meadows is wet with dew; let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning.”
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“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”
— Albert Einstein
Recently I have been spending time contemplating where I am, mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Am I happy and content? What do I need to do, and how can I do it better. How can I be more effective?
This is not about doing my best for a job or for someone else. This is about doing my best for me, and in turn for those I care about.
What is most important? How about you? How often do you spend time, quality time, committed to understanding what is important?
How many of us slow down to the extent that we understand ourselves?
We are continually exposed to so much and it all affects us. It changes us, particularly when we are not paying attention. Have you done a check-up recently and asked yourself what is important in your life?
Do you ask yourself the important questions? How are you? Are you comfortable in your own skin? Do you like yourself, your thoughts, your actions? What do you care about? Are you happy? Are you growing, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually?
There are a few recent, or upcoming events, that have probably inspired me to do some soul searching.
The big holidays of the year, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and then the New Year is right around the corner. Most everyone looks for ways to change, or improve, at the end of the year. So much to think about.
I have been spending time thinking about family. The birth of a beautiful granddaughter, new life. The health of my husband which is deteriorating. My toddler grandson, who is so smart and energetic, brimming with excitement. My teenage granddaughter, beautiful and becoming her own person. My two sons who are such compassionate, intelligent people who I am so proud of. All the stages of life spreading out before me. I watch with love and joy.
My writing this blog; where do I want to go with it? Do I want to make changes? How can I make it better? How can I bring more value to myself and my followers?
Writing articles for Medium. https://medium.com/@lindalatt. This experience has been so enlightening and so challenging. It is an opportunity to write about anything I want, any subject, any experience, any emotion. I am in awe of the others who share their stories. Most of the time I feel I am unworthy of sharing the same place with them.
Writing is something I will definitely focus on in the coming year. It encourages me to learn the craft of writing and to increase my knowledge on many levels. It is stretching my mind and refreshing my brain cells; who doesn’t need that!
Writing it has been a result of many moments of frustration, anger, disbelief and sadness. It is a result of disillusionment of the narrative that exists and the actions taken. It frightens me. I cannot accept that.
So, as a result, I have looked deeper into my own beliefs and feelings. I do not want to be influenced by the negativity that exists in this country at this moment in time.
This next year will be about adding value to my life.
Each morning I will ask myself this question, “What good shall I do this day?”
Will you join me?
The compass of compassion asks not what is good for me, but what is good? Not what is best for me, but what is best? Not what is right for me, but what is right? Not how much can we take, but how much ought we leave, and how much might we give? Not what is easy, but what is worthy. Not what is practical, but what is moral.
“Life is about time. Spend more time than you do money on others. Give time more than any other gift. Also, take time when you need to. Take time for you when you need it. Sometimes time is all we have with the people we love the most. I ask you to slow down in life. To take your time, but don’t waste it.”
― Emma Heatherington,
Every day when we wake up, we should say thank you and smile with happiness that we are alive. We have more time.
The most important thing we need to realize is life does not guaranteed from one breathe we take to the next, that there will be a next breathe.
Do you think about time? I would guess it is human nature to assume there will be more.
Time is the most precious thing we have. It is the most valuable, yet we waste it every day. We take it for granted.
Maybe we should ask ourselves at the end of each day how we spent our time. Did we do what we wanted to? Did we enjoy our time? Did we help someone, smile at someone, and make them feel special?
Do you have a plan? What do you want your life to mean? Is there something that you want to achieve? What is the most important?
If you did not have one more day to spend, what would you want to do today?
Spend your precious time on what is most important.
Make a plan. Every day have a detailed plan for how you will spend your time. What are your most important priorities for each day? Do those first and then fill in your time with the less essential tasks you need to complete.
When someone asks you to do something, before you commit your time, ask yourself if it will add value to your day. If the answer is no, politely decline.
Always make family time and self-care a priority in your day. Include time for exercise, reading, smiles, and hugs, and those activities that make you happy. Do not forget self-reflection at the end of each day.
When you have any free time, use it to do what is going to create a better you, a better life.
It is easy to be sucked into activities that do not benefit us. Learn to say no. It may not be easy to do, especially at first, but it is important.
Let co-workers, friends, and family know you have a specific time limit on phone calls, emails, text messages, etc. Tell them you may not be able to give them an immediate response and to expect an answer within a specific time frame.
Social media can be an easy sinkhole to get mired in. It is a time-waster. Do not get sucked into that pit. Use it only as needed and get out. Ask yourself if this is a valuable use of your time. Set a time limit and adhere to it; use a timer if necessary.
Do not waste time worrying about past events or what other people are doing or what they think. Focus on what is beneficial to you, your goals, and what is important to you.
Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.”
Time is priceless. We cannot buy more. Once we use it, it is gone forever. Make a plan; how are you going to spend your time? Use it wisely.
I have included a letter here written by someone who came face to face with the value of time and hoped she could help others realize the value of the gift we receive each day.
On the 4th of January, Holly Butcher, at the age of 27, lost her battle with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that affects mostly young people.
Before she died, the Grafton woman penned a letter which she asked her family to post on her Facebook account once she was gone.
As always, thank your for reading my blog. Have a great day!