Monday, September 16, 2013

live deliberately ...

Dizzle once asked me what "Lost time is never found" meant. I simply told her that we never get a change to relive what has already happened. That if you waste your time or an opportunity, you don't get a chance to use it later.

The answer seemed to satisfy her eight year old mind. She said to me, "So, if you are mean you can't go back and unsay what you said, even if you're sorry. And, if you ate pizza, you can't go back and un-eat it. And, if you sleep all day you don't get to live that day again."  

Laughing, I said, "Yes, that the general idea."

Now, weeks later, I can't help but think about that quote. Sure, it tells us that you don't get a second chance at what has lapsed, but more than that I think it tells us to simply live deliberately.

It's easy to let life pass us by. We all get stuck in a routine of the boring and the mundane. It's then that things can become stressful, mind-numbing and cause you to lose your focus.

But, by choosing to live deliberately, you can stop all that and you'll never have to worry about the lost time that is never found.

Life is simply a series of choices. Some easier to make than others - from what you wear to what you eat to how you spend your time. So make your choices wisely.

Ask yourself, am I giving meaning and purpose to my choices?
Am I considering the effect of this decision now? 10 minutes from now? 10 years from now?
What will be gained from this and what will be lost?
Who will I hurt and who will I help?
Will this choice strengthen or weaken me? Will it get me to where I want to be?
Is there an intention behind my action? Or am I just following along?
Am I living deliberately?

Every action has a reaction.
And lost time is never found, so are you making the most of every moment?

I'm trying to. Every single day.


carrie said...

Right on! Thank you for this post. I have been stuck in the mundane of life: adjusting to a new city (being lonely beyond belief), homeschooling (for the first time ever) my two boys, trying to keep house (cook and clean to my standards), being a wife and training for my first marathon. I will now make a conscious effort to live deliberately. Thank you for this reminder!

Michelle said...

So true! Great reminder!

gba_gf said...

Yeah - it's the same idea that made me start on the whole "live gratefully" idea... I could look back and pout about what I don't have/can't have/will never be, or I can be thankful for who I have in my life, who fills my cup, whose cups I fill, and who I am.