The Gift of Time
Updated: Jul 7, 2020
When I was about to turn 7 years old my dad died of pancreatic cancer. At that time I did not understand very much of what was happening and how it would impact my world. I just wished that I could see my dad again. I quickly learned that of all the things that people valued, time was far and away the most important. Time to spend with the people I love, time to help others and time to really breathe and be present.
This pandemic is easily one of the most stressful and tumultuous events in our lifetimes. The uncertainty and anxiety are palpable. An unprecedented amount of people have lost their jobs and more importantly their lives. During this time it is natural to focus on all of the things we have lost, as they are many. Grieving is a normal, healthy response to the tragedy we are enduring and is necessary to heal and come out the other side.
If you are lucky enough to have your health during all of this, I invite you to see the once in a life time opportunity that lays before you. Right now, many people have a little more time on their hands. Time. That thing that everyone says they never have enough of: time to spend with your family, time to complete that home project you've been putting off, time to teach yourself that thing that you never have time for. And maybe, time to sit quietly and get real with yourself and the life you have verses the life that you really want. This is an opportunity that does not come along very often, or ever for most people. As we have all been reminded: life is short. If you were not happy with the path of your life before the pandemic then take some time and start making a plan for the rest of your life. If you are one of the people blessed with the gift of time I sincerely hope that you use it.