What Matters Most
Today I write from the beach town of Encinitas as I recenter myself and remember what matters most. It’s so easy, isn’t it, to get caught up in the business of life–in thinking and doing, with no real room to actually be? This is one reason I love to travel (even with kids in tow)–it forces me out of my head, my home, my world, and opens me up to the bigger picture and what really matters.
What matters to you? Do you know? Do you remind yourself often enough to actually spend your minutes on those things? We are, after all, only given two main gifts in life: time, and the choice to spend it as we desire. How are you spending your time?
If you’re clear on what matters most, ask yourself, “Is my life and time actually focused on the things that matter to me?” If family matters most, are you spending quality time with family? If faith matters, is your time focused on faith? Be honest with yourself, for in honesty lies the opportunity for growth.
If you’re not clear what matters then lucky you! This is the day when you get to discover what matters most to you. Sit down, get still, and ask, “What really matters to me?” It may be tough to answer at first, but that’s OK. Be patient with yourself and the answers will come. Write them down and add to or change them as needed. Then you can compare your current use of time with your list of what matters and see where changes might need to be made.
One tip: Make sure the list you make is of what matters MOST. There are plenty of good things to do in the world, but don’t settle for good or even better when you can seek for and spend your limited time on the best.
Time is the currency of life; slow down and ensure you’re spending it wisely. Discover what really matters to you and your time will not only be spent wisely, it will be spent richly. Which reminds me, I need to go now and do what matters to me: today it’s walking to the beach with my kids to watch for dolphins.
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What matters most to you? What are your tips for remembering to focus on those things? Leave a comment and we can help each other spend our time richly!