Time is such a precious commodity! Once it has passed, we can never retrieve it. I used to believe that money was the most precious commodity one could have; as I grew older and gained a better understanding of life, I learned that money is a revolving cycle and that time was something that was spent. How time is spent makes more of a difference to me than what I spend money on.
I would rather spend quality time with those I love than to do dishes or clean my house. If you come over, I’ll make you a cup of coffee or bring out a bottle of my best wine and sit on the couch with you. I don’t care if my house is a mess and I’m pretty sure, when you talk about that day you spent with me, you’ll be talking about how we sat on the couch and shared a bottle of Shawnee Winery (or Orange Coast Winery or Frangiapani, etc) red wine and talked about life. You won’t remember the pile of laundry or that I hadn’t swept my floor.
That’s what I want my loved ones to remember about me – that I spent time with them.
I live rather far from my family so I make an effort to give them my undivided attention when I call. My favourite calls are to my brother’s household, where I can see my sweet little niece on camera. She is growing so fast and I often feel like I’m missing so much of her young life. She won’t be one forever and children grow so fast! We cannot get back those moments when I first held her – all I have is the picture and the memory.
My parents are getting older. I’m getting older. Those moments are being swept out from under us with every keystroke. I want to make the most of my valuable time. I want to remember the life I lived as time marches on. Although I look forward to some things and want certain dates/times to arrive faster, I still make the best of what time I have.
At this very moment, 3 weeks from now, I will be on the east coast visiting some friends. I am so excited! I make this trip once every couple of years and cannot wait to be reunited with some of the new friends I made while on a European Vacation in 2012. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to see everyone I want to see but the time I have will be spent wisely.
Please hurry and get here, October 17th! Until then, travel at the speed of life!
This post was prompted by today’s Daily Post prompt.