Sometimes we need to talk to a 2 year old just to understand life again. There’s no place for grudges and judgement. There’s no time wasting on doing things that lead to greed and materialism. To them, it’s all about enjoying the moment and making the most of each second.
Not sure about you, but there are so many people in my life that aren’t really in my life. Days and weeks sometimes pass by without hearing anything from people who I phone or send messages to, before getting a response. And the excuse is always, “I’ve just been so busy.” I know, that on the odd occasion, I have also been guilty of doing the same, but it’s just not a valid excuse. All it is, is a statement without using words, saying that you are not important enough in my life to warrant spending time with.
Let’s go a bit deeper. How much time do you and I spend on our phones? How many hours a day do we watch TV. Most of the kids I tutor are from China. I recently gave them a persuasive text to write with the prompt,
” Technology is making us more alone. Do you agree?”
You might be surprised to know that most of them agreed. If we are using our phones to build relationships, we might be communicating but we are all part of a very lonely community. One day when we don’t work anymore and we have lots of time on our hands, we aren’t going to find our phones to be the best company. We will most certainly regret failing to give other people some of our time. But you see, what you get depends on the effort you put in. What effort are you putting into your relationships. How much time are you spending with “real people” instead of “air-wave” conversations.
We are each given 1440 minutes every day. How come we have so many excuses for not getting things done, while the next person is achieving amazing things all the time. Their days aren’t longer – their priorities are just prioritised. When we eventually work out that people should be our priority and not things, our time will be spent much more wisely. We will start doing things that have value, and not accumulating things that have a price tag.
When we spend so many hours of each day making money, and no time of the day doing something about children starving every second, we are prioritising money over lives. When we spend time pampering ourselves with the finer things in life, while not doing anything about a fifth of the world’s population who live in squalor, we are prioritising our comfort over other people’s necessities. If I put “me” first, it’s only going to lead to an unfulfilled life. When we put the needs of others ahead of our own, it will show in the way we spend our time. Only when we do that, will our lives have true meaning. Only then, will we go back to the 2 year old version of ourselves and truly be happy again.
Have an awesome day!