By Coach John Daly
Reposted from: August 6, 2009
That’s a question that we either hear or think about so many times a day.
Other people ask us about it.
We are rushing around trying not to be late to class, a meeting, getting in our car, or to even get home for our favorite T.V. show.
But do we ever really think about that question other than to look at a clock?
Come on, think about it.
My friend, this question took on a different view for me the other night.
It’s ironic though because I have heard and thought about this view on time many times before. I’m sure
you have too.
You see I was at a funeral home for a friend of mine that died. I got there for the prayer service and I heard something that hit me right between the eyes.
My friend’s cousin was speaking to everyone as they opened the floor for anybody that wanted to share a few thoughts. It was at this time when she was trying to finish up that she said “I thought I had more time with him.
I thought I had more time to make plans with him, to talk about the family with him, to go and do things with him. Now I realize that I don’t. How many of us say that about things and people in our lives?”
As she walked away fighting back the tears, I was doing the same thing and I looked around at the packed room that spilled out into the halls, others were fighting back the tears too. There were so many of her cousin’s former football players there. Big guys, now in their 40’s and 50’s, all misty eyed with tears.
Like I said a punch to the nose! Tears welling in my eyes from that quick and powerful punch. OUCH!
I knew I have heard this before, many times. Why was it hurting so much now?
I know it’s because indeed, I have heard it many times before. But was I doing anything about it? Was I making
changes to implement that more into my life? I can say a little, here and there. I know now that it’s something that I have to really work at doing a better job with. Time is one of those things that seems to be going by faster as I get older.
We all talk about that, but what do we do about it? Actually I hear more and more people talking about it now, regardless of their age.
So many songs talk about it. Once it’s gone, you can’t get it back, it’s that type of message we hear
so often in songs. So why do we waste so much of it on things that don’t really mean to much? Why does it usually take a sad event or tragedy to get us to focus on this?
I guess I’m tired of me going through these things, I think about it, make a few little changes for a few days.
Then I’m right back to my old habits and old ways on how I spend my time.
Another irony, about the same time last year we lost another good friend. My friend that just died this past week was best of friends with the one who died a year ago. Both of these guys were fantastic teachers and coaches.
The impact they made on people was incredible. That is why the funeral home was packed the entire time for both of these great men.
This time has got to be different for me. It has to be different for you too. I’ve heard this statement from another friend, “We can’t afford to play small in life.” Wasting time in our lives is playing very small. It does nobody any good at all.
Ask yourself this right now – heck, even write these down somewhere: What are some time wasters in your life?
Are they getting in the way of important things?
A more crucial thought for you to think about quickly right now: are they getting in the way of your relationships with the important people in your life?
Get in touch with me – I’m sure you have stories too that could help me and others with this important topic. Leave me your thoughts here
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