Are you aware of your clock ticking?
Whether you are willing to acknowledge it or not, you are here only for a limited time.
Today most people live as if they will live to 97 and beyond. How else can we explain the way people live their lives today?
It is as if they are stuck in this imagined utopia from their childhood where nothing ever changes and they live forever.
In case you are wondering why I chose the number 97 above, it’s only to make my point – so stop fussing about irrelevant things!
No matter how great your world is today, it could all turn horrible tomorrow. It’s just the nature of things and the way the world is. Anything can collapse any moment.
Life is fragile and yet so precious.
Know that you really don’t have a moment to waste of this precious life. So pause for a moment and reflect on just how much time and energy you waste on petty things.
Suppose you could be childlike once again and just focus on those things that bring you joy and happiness?
Suppose you lived your life as if the next moment or the next day was your last, then how differently would you live?
Surely you would then stop taking yourself so seriously and you would stop wasting time on the petty stuff in your life.
Harsh as it may sound, we are all so insignificant, we might as well be dead.
Simply by acknowledging that you are here for only a limited time, you might even begin to look after our planet a bit better. And taking better of yourself.
For a start, you can increase the amount of time you have simply by learning to become an early riser.
Ask yourself – does it really matter:-
- How many superfluous emails you have cleared from your inbox?
- How many people are following you on Facebook / Twitter and other social media?
- How much more stuff you have de-cluttered?
- How many friends you have called or not called?
- Who said what and to whom?
- Which blogs you have visited and commented on?
- Who is doing better than you or worse than you?
- Which books you have read lately?
The answer is clearly a resounding NO!
Ok, you guessed it – all of the above listed things are activities I used to do until recently.
What’s on your list of petty things to stop doing from today?
I made an instant decision to stop doing all of the above things – and that’s all it took.
Just a simple decision.
And the moment I made this decision, my world changed – I felt lighter and more joyous in an instant. Since then, I have focussed on those things that will truly make an impact on my life and those of others.
If I can stop wasting time on petty stuff, so can you.
Where in your life can you cut of the stop wasting your time on superfluous and petty stuff and start living again?
Whose expectations are you living up to?
Why devote time and energy on things that are not of importance to you?
And this is a big one:–
Why spend time and energy worrying about things that you have no control over?
In terms of new projects for example, you have no luxury to worry about what’s going to work or not. Just literally move with it!
When will you pull out your fingers, get out there and do what you were supposed to do on this planet!?
Who will you be from now onwards? What will it take for you to become unreasonable and pursue your dream? Even if you get a million NO’s it doesn’t really matter!
Here’s another key thing to let go of:-
Stop bitching and gossiping about those around you.
Life is fragile and yet so precious
To end, I want to remind you of my key point above – life is fragile in every sense – and yet it’s so precious.
Since your life is so precious, you owe it to yourself to make the most of your time here on this fragile planet.
YOU have the responsibility to not only make the most of your time here, but also leave the world a better place.
When will you start?
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