The glory days. I hear people talk about them. I hear songs about them. The year they won the big game, traveled to Europe, graduated from college, got married. Those were the best days of their life.
I find that sad. The best days? Already passed?
I have this picture on my desktop of my sister and I canoeing, taken by my Mom at the front. It reminds me of the fun I’ve already had this year, and that I’ll be working 50, 55 hours a week. Not much time left for fun. I fear that the best days of the summer have already passed.
Time is an odd thing, so easily spent. I just finished a month and a half of unemployment–a long span of time with no job, or not much of one. You think it would be great, right? I could get so much done.
Yeah… not really.
I tried, honest I did. I set my alarm so I wouldn’t sleep away my morning. I pegged things off my to-do list. I wrote (a little). I visited family and friends. And all that time, all I wanted was a job.
And I’m two weeks into working full time now. My apartment is a royal mess ’cause I just have time for essentials. Now I work all day and look forward to going home. I’d love to have another week off.
Oh the irony.
So, I spend my days trying to get to the next thing. Days become weeks, weeks become years. I’m young, but I already look back and wonder where the years have gone. And did I do anything with them? What do I have to show for it?
How do I make my time count? How do I not waste what I have? How do I make every year one of the best years of my life?
Well, I haven’t figured that out. I’m not a guru.
But here’s my guess: I need to know where I’m going. I need to ‘begin with the end in mind’ as Stephen Covey says. I’m just starting to figure that out.
As a person of faith, I believe I have been made for a purpose, and I have been tailor made (gifts, body, temperament, everything) for that purpose. You may not believe the same way. Whatever the case, I urge you to examine what you believe and why you believe it. Examine your values. What do you love? What is most important to you? If you are a Christian, I urge you to contemplate if your values line up with God’s values.
Write these values down, and start planning your life accordingly. Purpose streamlines focus.
But, of course, it takes a healthy dose of discipline to carry out that purpose, and that’s where I fell short.
I started writing this article on my lunch break three weeks ago. That afternoon I was in an accident (detailed in ). Suddenly I was laid up for three weeks.
So, I got a second go, and I’m happy to say I did a lot better this go ’round. I set to work on this blog. I wrote. I visited my Grandma. I studied. I read. I went fishing. Not all my time was spent on those things. I also watched TV. But, I made progress.
These days I’m exhausted from the shock of working a physical job after being laid up so long. But I’m also riding a buzz of excitement. I might be onto something.
So tell me, what are you doing to make your days count?