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Time is Of the Essence

Updated: Oct 19, 2021

There are three types of people and perspectives when it comes to time. We have the social media scrollers, the late night posters, the ones who go down a rabbit hole of mindlessness. There are the ones who work to live and live to work. The ones who always focus on the future because they aren’t where they want to be yet. Then we have the third group. This is a group that understands the journey is the trip, the time is now for savoring, and that each and every moment, however presumably meaningless, can mean the world.

I’m not going to say I fit into one category or another. I think It’s a little more fluid than that. I’ve been guilty of being a workaholic and I’ve been guilty of scrolling through nothingness. Sometimes, it’s even given me content direction to share with my growing community, so not all bad! I try to be in the latter group more though. The reason is simple. We simply have this life and what we do with it. Period.

The Turning Point

Almost a decade ago, In 2012, my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She beat the odds twice with her strength and mental fortitude. We thought we were out of the woods. Earlier this year, the news came that the cancer game back aggressively. The treatment options have dwindled and we have spent the past few months making the most of our time together. While the journey and season is a difficult one, I have come to realize just how priceless time really is. While time may be infinite and finite at the same time, it is up to us to make the most of it. My mom is my role model and my hero, and I struggled with writing a powerful article surrounding time and my realizations around it for this blog because it could be construed as opportunistic. The message, however, is important. The cause doesn’t matter, the effect does. This is meant to help you understand or recognize what’s important, divide the correct balance in your life and truly enjoy the fruits of your labors every single day. Take the trip you want to take, tell those you love how much they mean to you, listen to good music and open the good wine.Time is among the very few things that once lost can never be recovered. Unfortunately, most people do not realize how precious time is until in later years of their lives. ... Money lost can be recovered; trust broken can be amended; opportunity lost can be replaced by another opportunity.

Have you ever noticed or heard the phrase that people think they can do more in a day than they can, but less in a year than they can?

The perception of time is that we have as much of it as we need, so we find ourselves getting “busy” doing the motions that we believe will produce the outcomes that we want. I believe that message is counter intuitive. We should be intentional about what we do and how long we focus on each task. The results are reflective not of the time spent being busy, but in the time spent being intentional and creating the desired results.

Tim Ferris, who wrote the “4 Hour work

week” states, “To enjoy life, you don't need fancy nonsense, but you do need to control your time and realize that most things just aren't as serious as you make them out to be.”

That’s what I’m getting at. That’s why, when you subscribe to my newsletters, you don’t just get housing market and numbers. You get a great recipe, or a picture of what I did with my family. Sure, we get to the results that we want for you. But we do it in a way that honors your time, my time and keeps this precious life in perspective.

So How do you Shift?

I admit that sometimes it’s hard to be intentional or “live in the moment”. For example, standing in line at the grocery store or waiting in the drop off line at your kid’s school. In those moments, we can choose to create opportunity or we can choose to complain internally. Say hello to someone in line, give someone a compliment that is deserved “I love your shirt where did you get it?” or simply thank the crossing guard for volunteering and keeping your kid safe.

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