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May 23, 2013

Quiet Corner: Precious time

MERIDIAN —     “There never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do once you find them.” – Jim Croce, "Time in a Bottle"

 

In the autumn of my life, I have become very aware of the importance of budgeting my time. I keep a mental list of things I will not waste time doing, and I have a secret “bucket list” of things I want to do. But more than anything, I feel the same urgency expressed by Father Tim, of the Mitford Novels, when he said, “If I’m going to make my mark on the world I’d better get cracking.”

    Most people who are high achievers value their time, are aware of their priorities, and plan ahead. Therefore, I went to a very busy person for advice — my attorney. His first tip was to pray first thing each morning. He said, “I think God truly handles time like the five loaves and two fishes in the Bible. When we submit our time to Him, He blesses it. Sometimes when I know there is not enough time in the day to get everything done that needs immediate attention, I literally take my ‘to do list’ to the Lord for His blessing.”

    My attorney then told me about an idea he got from the old movie "What About Bob?"

    “I take baby steps,” he said. “I make a list, and then I try, during the day, to at least take a baby step on each item — just get something done on each thing, even if I can’t finish it. This is very good for the morale. When the day’s time runs out, I feel like I made progress on everything. And, if you’re a morning person like me, it’s best to attack the hardest things first while your mind is sharpest. Then, move on to the easier tasks when you’re feeling a little tired later in the day.”

    Dr. Charles Stanley says that we need a healthy balance in our use of time. We need a time to work, a time to play, a time to spend with family and friends, a time to rest, and a time to contemplate and make plans. Above all, Dr. Stanley advises us to value our time; we must not waste precious moments.

    Jackson Brown Jr. said: “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Mother Teresa, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.”

    Time is a gift we wake up with each morning. We can reach out and seize it with thanksgiving, or we can complain. We can use it wisely, or we can waste it; that’s our choice.

    So maybe with prayerful planning I can harness the next 24 hours and really “get cracking.”

                                                   

    Virginia Dawkins may be reached at jtdawk06@aol.com.

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