Time: Just how do you want to spend it?
Geographic location. Career direction. Interpersonal relationships. There’s a lot in life that can be negotiated, however, time will never make the list. After all, we only have so much to divide up in a variety of different ways. I know who and what matters to me; I’m focused. It probably has something to do with my personality type. Moreover, it has a bit to do with something my father said to me as a teenager: “John, people make time for what’s important to them.” He’s right. Now, I want the people I love to know what they mean to me, and this is reflected, in part, by the time that I make for them. I never want anyone to wonder about how much I care. The older I get, the more I think about the fact that I won’t be here forever. You know, everyday behavior says a lot about a person’s values and priorities. The more responsibilities and/or diversions that you have, the less invested you can be in anything you do. I’ve long believed that the people who claim to be everywhere are really nowhere because it’s simply impossible to effectively divide one’s time, attention, and/or energy between a variety of different obligations. In the end, someone is going to be shortchanged, and, let’s face it, nobody likes feeling penciled in. Do you? I don’t. Ah, but there’s a solution to this problem: be honest with yourself and exercise the power of individual choice by focusing on who and what is truly central to your life.
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