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"Time is Fleeing" (Blog #27)

October 1, 2014

 

A few years back when I was helping my father fix a Grandfather clock I noticed on the face of the clock it said "Tempus Fugit".  I was obviously baffled and had no idea what that meant or even what language it was written in.  My dad explained that it was latin and meant "time flies" or "time is fleeing," depending on who you ask.  This day altered my outlook on how I spend my time on a daily basis.  I quickly realized that time is always fleeing and before you know it, your time will be up.  I don't mean to sound morbid but the reality is we will all pass on and if we don't spend our time wisely doing exactly what we want to do we will all regret it.  

 

Spending our time helping others, having a career that you truly love, leaving the world better than you came in to it, and spending your hours doing what makes you happy should be at the top of all of our priority lists.  A great quote from one of my favorite movies said it best, "You can get busy living, or get busy dying."  - Shawshenk Redemption

 

The time we have on earth is extremely precious, how we spend that time and who we spend it with will be the determining factor in how we live our lives.  Spending our time with negative people is a great way to waste your precious hours.  Or spending time worrying over every little detail is another great time waster.  Usually most of us worry for no good reason at all, and those worries usually don't ever become an issue.  

As I hiked the Appalachian Trail yesterday, I encountered a couple of people who were "extreme hikers," It was easy to tell by the way they were dressed.  The guy was very relaxed and mellow and we began talking while taking a snack break.  He went on to explain to me that he was "hiking the entire trail," I was a little confused so he explained to me that he was hiking the entire Appalachian Trail!  The Appalachian Trail runs from Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia, a distance of about 2160 miles.  This man was on the trail for 180 days where he started in Georgia, went all the way up to Maine and he was heading back to his home in Mississippi.  

 

After he explained his adventure to me, my 9 mile hike seemed comical even though I thought I was kicking the trails ass.  The 10 minutes I spent talking to this guy I learned a lot, I learned that time is short, everything is relative and its vital we spend our time doing what makes us happy.  This guy explained to me that he just woke up one day and really wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail, so he asked his boss if he could take an 8 month sabbatical from work and he did it.  I'm not saying we all should go hike the AT, but realizing the value of our time, its important we spend it wisely.

 

Just ask yourself a couple of questions.  What makes you happiest?  Where are you when you feel your best?  Who are you with when you are happiest?  What are you doing when you feel amazing?  Your answers to these questions will show you great insight and will allow you to stop wasting time bullshitting.  Try answering these questions honestly and see what you come up with....Personally, Im happiest when Im with my babies, at my gym with my No Bull family, Hiking in the woods, sleeping and when Im lifting weights.  What about you?    

 

 

 

 

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