Spare Time

“There is time enough, but none to spare.” ~ Charles W. Chesnutt

I often feel that there are simply not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything that I wish to accomplish. I have my work, tasks, chores… and then there are others who need my attention, such as my children. I have hobbies and recreational activities I enjoy, books to read, TV shows and movies to watch, and emails and correspondence to attend to, and at the end of the day, there always seems to be things I did not get around to doing. But this is not an issue of lack of time, for we all have the same amount of time given to us each day. Instead, it is a lack of prioritization–an improper appraisal on the value of the time available to us–that leads us to spend it unwisely.

Take my children for example: with school being out during the summer break, they are often complaining of boredom, even though there are plenty of constructive and productive things that they could be doing with their extra time. As a parent, however, the onus is on me to help them to see this truth. And their understanding of this truth is important, for to make good use of our spare time, it first takes a recognition of the importance of it. And after that awareness is possessed, a conscious decision can be made to fill that time in ways that will allow us to truly experience our moments in ways that are fulfilling and add purpose and meaning to life.

It can be very easy to sit in front of the TV and be entertained by movies, shows, and even video games, and the same goes for cellphones, media, news, correspondence, and so forth. But this use of our time does not summon our creative powers, and seldom provides anything of positive benefit or growth in the lives of others, and in our own; a healthy medium is where we need to be.

It has been said that the only difference between a rich man and a poor man is how they spend their available time here on this Earth. How do you spend yours? Are you a rich man… or a poor man?

Fill your spare time with things that add value and worth to those moments.

Questions to consider:

How do you spend your free time?

Do you see the value in every moment you have been given each day?

Where have you learned some of your habits on using your spare moments in life? How has this affected your life?

For further thought:

“If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, yours is the Earth and everything that is in it.” ~ Rudyard Kipling


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