When we are young,
we aren't concerned with time, just enjoying life and all its many blessings.
As teenagers, we feel invincible and consider time irrelevant. In the
20's and 30's our focus is on building our careers and families. However,
at some point in the late 30's and early 40's we start to get the inkling
that time is moving quicker than we want it to. Birthdays seem compressed
and we keep inching up the age chart.
Don't Let Time Pass
You By! Review the five tips below that will help you get the most from
1. Appreciate all
that you have accomplished in life
Take inventory of your entire life. Look at the different roles you have
played (father, husband, friend, brother, son, manager, teacher, athlete,
student, etc.). Consider your achievements and the influence you've had
on others. Now, focus on the future. Consider the roles yet to be played
and others who can still benefit from your knowledge, expertise and wisdom.
2. Be 100% present
for each moment.
As you become conscious of each moment and its preciousness, you will
worry less about what you didn't do with your time. Time can't go by too
fast when you are fully present in each moment. This is the only way to
experience time. One precious moment after another.
3. Celebrate the
Don't wait for birthdays, anniversaries or holidays to find reasons to
celebrate. Every day presents us with opportunities that are worth acknowledging
and taking joy in - your daughter passes a math test, a medical test comes
back negative, your son scores his first soccer goal. Make that moment
even more special by sharing it with someone important in your life.
4. Do more with
People who worry that time is going too fast often don't take that has
a battle cry to do more with their lives now. Ask yourself, "What
do I want to do so that when you look at how fast time has gone, you will
feel a sense of completeness in doing all that you needed to do up to
this point in your life." This might involve things you want to accomplish,
say or do. By doing all that you want in your life, you'll feel that how
you use your time is perfect as is.
5. Be inspired
by those who weren't "too old" to take on new challenges.
At age 71, Casey Stengel became manager of the New York Mets. Ferdinand
de Lesseps started building the Suez Canal when he was 74. Grandma Moses
began painting when she was 77. Jessica Tandy was 80 when she won an Oscar
for her role in "Driving Miss Daisy." They all personified C.S.
Lewis' view that "You're never too old to set another goal or dream
Fearing that "my
time is running out" influences how we view our lives. We often reassess
our goals and aspirations, trying to understand more of who we are and
what we want to achieve. This self-examination is both positive and productive.
To live in such a way that no matter how fast time goes, you will be fulfilling
your moments with meaning, impact, value and living.