For those of you who are old enough to remember the old song “Brother, can you spare a dime ?” will recognize right off that the theme here is charity. What makes time so precious that we’ve forgotten how to share it or better still give it away ? What does it really cost us anyhow ? How do we justify hours spent playing video games or watching videos alone and in silence when we could be contributing to undoing the very things that we complain are wrong with society today.
Somewhere in the 80s we accepted the idea that time is money, and success is determined by the monetary value of one’s assets. In this belief we gradually stopped taking the precious time to enjoy the simple things in life or to simply offer our time to others, either in volunteering activities or by simply being patient. Taking a moment to enjoy the simple things in life, to slow down are just as important as spending our time on someone else, as these moments allow us to recharge and ultimately be more agreable to be around.
So I’m offering a challenge to my readers (and please feel free to pass this on). Try over the next month to make better use of your time. Think that you already don’t have enough hours in a day ??? Maybe..but we can all find more time if we’re organized. Once you have found some extra time, share it. Time “spent” on/with others is morally uplifting for everyone involved.
Make a reverse to do list of your daily activities. Start with fall asleep and go back through your day until the time you woke up. Then when you get up tomorrow remake the list with actual times and additional activiities you may have omitted to get a better idea of where you can make up the extra hours you’re hoping for.
Bad habits aren’t always as obvious as hitting the snooze button for 20 mins every morning.
For example, Working on your computer while in bed, may cause you difficulty later in falling asleep, or worse, you fall asleep while working and are always rushed for deadlines.
Plan. A to-do-list is just as important as a grocery-shopping list for saving. Also by recongnizing what needs to be done, multi-tasking becomes possible. And if you’re in a family situation…by all means include everyone in the family. Even a newborn has his/her roll to play, as feeding time is a wonderful distraction from the hurried frenzy of other activities.
Be more patient…
Conflicts are better and more quickly resolved with rules of debate, than in heated arguement. Give each involved the chance to express his/her opinion, followed by a rebuttal or suggestion of compromise, each person only has a couple of minutes to talk and no yelling is tolerated.
Courtesy avoids accidents, and getting upset in heavy traffic only makes it worse; try singing with the radio or planning what you’re going to do after work. With practice watching how others react hostily to delays becomes laughable/surreal as you remember that stress used to be on your own shoulders. If your commute is long, advertise for a car-pool/ ride-share at least to a public transit point. Not only is this a money saver, but it’s also another opportunity to spend some time with others.
Patience is a virtue….next time you are exasperated in line behind somebody painstakingly counting out his/her pocket change to pay. Distract your negative attitude with a more congenial thought about this person. Before you is someone who is independent instead of burdening his/her family, someone who appreciates the value of a dollar (and could teach a thing or two to the generation who thinks everthing is paid for with a card); is someone who is not rushed, and could maybe help you learn to slow down.
Your comments, questions and suggestions are always appreciated. Vintage is not just fashion…it’s a way of life !
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