The value of life can be measured by many things. Money, treasure, success, material goods. Personally, I find the value of life in less tangible things. Like the love of family, the laughter of a child, and the creativity of the soul.
But what about time? Does one’s life have value if he or she has time? Perhaps. Though we all are allotted the same amount of time each day. If we measure the value of life by the hours on the clock, we ought to consider what we are doing with those hours.
Are we using the time we’ve been given to do something important? Like showing care and compassion to others or supporting our loved ones with words of encouragement? Are we taking the time to use our talents to further our dreams or practice a skill we've been taught?
And what about time spent on you? Have you rested a little? Rejuvenated yourself so that you can take care of the demands life puts on you? Have you taken time to explore, dream or even treat yourself? Not wasting time doesn't mean that you have to be busy or rushing through life. After all, it takes time to cultivate a friendship, a romance, a hobby.
Take the time today to consider how you spend your hours. Find balance, take a trip, plan a family get together, laugh with a friend, read a good book. Don't forget to live a little in between and around the 9-5 work day.
Time is fleeting and is it not worth it to be able to look back and say we've done something with it? That we've shared or loved or laughed or created or inspired? Take the time...it'll be worth it.
How do you spend your time? Are you rushing around without enjoying what life has to offer? Missing out on time with family and friends? Neglecting your own needs and health and dreams? Take the time. Find the balance. Free yourself.
“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”-Charles Darwin