Life may be viewed as a series of instances of time--each Now a Present with which to do something; to spend however we will. Consciously, what defines a good life? More often, it can be said that a good life is time well spent. Here is a George Carlin video about time: http://youtu.be/5M5eG-aywZQ
This places a lot of emphasis on what we choose to do. Let’s face it--out of all the seconds in any given day, we may choose to do just about anything. If we have the means, we may relax and take things easy. If we have many responsibilities, we may be on the go constantly, with very little time to relax.
Many of us work or have jobs covering a variety of different subjects. These days, few of us are schooled or skilled in just one area alone. We are diverse beings, many of whom are no longer known for one area of expertise. Consider that any one of us, beyond being who we are deep down inside, are often so much more to the outside world.
We may wake up in the morning being “me,” but once we venture forth, we may be “Mom” or “Dad,” we may be “brother” or “sister.” Occupationally, we may be “bus driver” or “mail carrier.” We may be “farmer” or “office manager.” Sometimes, we are best known by our avocation: “flutist,” “knitter,” or “modeler.”
Beyond the skills we may possess and utilize, what we DO with them is yet another way to account for time well spent. Do we utilize our cooking skills to feed our own family, or work in a local restaurant or charitable kitchen serving a multitude? Might a hobby that includes working with our hands include the building of a dollhouse for a youngster in my neighborhood, or might a person seek to utilize their skills to help build houses for homeless families?
Travel is another way many of us gain additional knowledge of our world. We fly to far-away places to soak up the culture and learn new things--maybe try different food or seek to communicate in another language. Does our time away from home include relaxation, or do we spend time in another country working to dig a well or erect a new shelter for a poor community? Either way, we make new friends.
And what about our friends? It is said that our life may also be measured by how many friends we have. Do we make time for our friends? Do we include them in our daily experiences, and share our good times and bad? Do we offer support to others, or only seek support from them? How balanced is that give and take?
At any point in life, young or old, we may seek to figure out, to our satisfaction, the best way we might spend our time. Do we encourage interaction with others on our journey; or rather have the solitary time to contemplate our role in the world? Might we have a life plan that includes some way of measuring how we might best spend our time?
What if things are not going well in life? Does it take a major crisis, like a natural disaster, a health scare, or a jail sentence, to put us back on track; or, does our own internal sense of self-control serve to maintain balance? Might we consider one way as being proactive and the other reactionary? Can we judge our own steps along the way as being the right ones, without regretting any of them?
Furthermore, when it comes to playing this game we call life, with all its modernity and various aspects of curiosity and beauty, can we reach a real understanding of the rules of the game? By understanding, does that mean that we continue to play along utilizing the agenda that is firmly established, or do we seek something completely new and different? Which way is more closely aligned with whatever work we seek to do?
It is always easier to take advantage of what is available in order to save some time.. We find the ease of convenience to be a great facilitator--and it can be. However, we are also held captive during that time by whatever limitations surround us. Those limitations may be physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional. We may be aware of most of those restrictions and do well with them. On the other hand, we may balk at them, chafe under their pressure, and seek to break free of the often-invisible chains that keep us from moving forward.
The system, or the game, is only as successful as the ones who play say it will be. Even those who have made the rules know the ultimate game changer: that the rules can be broken. When one person breaks the rules, they can be punished or kept in line. When many people see the game for what it is and choose to go beyond the limits being imposed, it is usually called anarchy, even if there is nothing ‘chaotic’ about it. It feels rather timeless, in fact. When it comes to spending time, it is up to us to choose, not just follow a leader.
It is up to us All to choose wisely.
Namaste ~ Blessings!