“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.”
Arrrgh! I can’t believe I just did that. I wasted almost 45 minutes looking at click-bait. Yes, the headline looked interesting “80’s Stars – What They Look Like Now”. But, seriously – I wasted 45 minutes of my day going through a series of photos trying to determine how well people like Scott Baio aged!
Why do I do this? Why am I always redirected by that ‘shiny object’ over there?
Do I have ADHD? Probably not – but, it seems that my mind likes to ‘check out’ from time to time. Is there a reason for this lack of focus?
We all know that time is finite. And, at the end of my life – I will probably not miss those 45 minutes – but, what if this becomes a pattern? Then, will all those ’45 minute’ detours add up to a life that was not lived to its fullest? That scares me!
I am not stating that we can’t have diversions from time to time – but, it seems that the computer is causing us to have more and more diversions; and, frankly, very few are value added.
So, what should I do? Give up the computer? No – I need it for my work – so, that is not an option. Just ignoring it? That won’t work either (at least for me) – the appeal can be too great.
I think the issue is not even related to the actual presence of that click-bait article! The issue is being clear on my purpose. I have had times where I have been totally immersed in what I am doing and not even tempted to look at the things that would detract from what I was doing.
So, the question really is – am I living my life ‘loyal’ to my God given purpose? Am I just responding to things and not accomplishing as much as I should?
Regrettably – I know I can do better. I need to reclaim my purpose and every morning rededicate the day to moving myself forward. It sounds simple – but, how am I going to put it into practice?
Here is my plan – every morning, I will set a clear goal of what I want to achieve. But, that goal must have a meaning and connection to my overall purpose. That will help me to gather momentum over time – and, live a meaningful and purposeful life.