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Reality Check—Do You Owe Time?

Do not be so engulfed in the rat race of life that you forget to live. That you ignore to build meaningful relationships that matter. Do not be only focused on the pursuit that you sacrifice positive relationships that matter. Time spent with loved ones is what will stand the test of time. Do you owe time to your relationships? Do you owe time to yourself? Only you can honestly answer this question.

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We can get so engrossed with the hustle and bustle of life that we forget to experience the moments that are passing by us. However, there are times that we need to have a reality check, sit back, and assess how we are managing our time. Time is the sole resource that we cannot replenish. Time lost can never be regained. As much as it may be profitable for us to be busy doing things that benefit us (e.g., financially), it is still necessary to find a harmonious equilibrium in doing other things that help us maintain our humanity and sanity. We must make sure that being busy is not sacrificing the gains of good relationships, fun, and relaxation. No man is an island. We can be busy building empires, however, living in your Utopian or real domain alone is a lonely lifestyle to say the very least. Cultivating relationships with your friends and loved ones requires time. A Ralph Smart once said that “No matter how ‘busy’ a person’s day may be. If they ‘really care’ they’ll always find time for you.” Make time for what matters.

In the video below, Kelechi Agom-Eze, the owner of the “I Encourage Somebody” YouTube Channel had some interesting facts to state about how we could end up owing time to our friends, our loved ones, and even to ourselves. In our daily ephemeral pursuits, we should never forget to stop and appreciate the things and people that matter in our lives. We should never take the moments that we share with our friends and loved ones for granted. Those moments are the building blocks of excellent relationships. When we look down the road, those moments that we shared people that matter to us form unforgettable memories that are more valuable than gold. We should never take time times that we make out to relax and do the things that we love for granted. Those moments refresh us and help in bringing out the best in us. Try your best in making time for the things that matter in your life. Things that matter can be time spent with relations, friends, or even doing things that just make us happy. Have a reality check—‘Do you owe time?’

“Don’t take your time for granted—use it wisely while you can.

Stop and appreciate your friends and loved ones. When you are no longer here in this world, the memories that will linger on are the times that you have spent with your loved ones. Those moments are stamps on the papyrus of time that will be a testament to the moments that you have shared with people. It is important to note that as difficult as it may be for you to etch out some time to spend with people you love, always remember that you are making an indelible mark on the chronicles of lives that matter to you. Do not be so engulfed in the rat race of life that you forget to live. That you ignore to build meaningful relationships that matter. Do not be only focused on the pursuit that you sacrifice positive relationships that matter. Time spent with loved ones is what will stand the test of time. It is what will be remembered. It is what will enshrine you in the memories of those whom you impact positively by your influence and magnetic relationship as you share moments with them. 

Hence, I call on all my readers to make time for things and people that matter to you. Do you find time out of your busy schedule to spend with those that you love? If married, how much meaningful time do you share with your spouse? If you have kids, can your they really say that they spend quality time with you? What will they remember you for? Are you just the father or mother that is caught up in the rat race of pursuing the Benjamins? Make time for your kids. Those meaningful moments that you invest in them is what will sculpt them into becoming people of value with high self-worth in the future. Do you try to find time to spend with your parents or those that brought you up from childhood? Remember, your parents are the ones that gave you access to this world. Your loved ones that help nurture you as an infant helped in your process of becoming who you are today. Find the time and spend with them while you have them. Do you spend meaningful time with your friends? Prioritize your time accordingly. Make time to spend with people that matter to you. Time is running out.

Time stops for no one, use it wisely

Even more, find time to live and enjoy yourself for the hours you invest in your rat race and the pursuit of your dreams. Find the time to relax from all your hard labors. Do something fun. Go to the movies. Reward yourself with a vacation to a distant land of your dreams. Read a book. Do something memorable. Do something innovative and fun. Remember that all work with little or no play makes Jack or Jill a dull boy or girl. As earlier stated, ‘Time is the only resource that can never be replenished.’ Every second lost can never be regained. Think about it, every minute, every hour lost can never be replaced. It now belongs to the chronicles of history and can never be re-written. You only have the option to write the story of your “now” by the seeds of activities that you sow. Whether it be the time that you spend with relations, loved ones, friends, or time you spend doing the things you cherish. The activities of today are the building blocks of your future and reality. Do you owe time to your relationships? Do you owe time to yourself? Only you can honestly answer this question.

In summary, time is so invaluable that we are not to waste it. A Roger Williams once said that “One grain of time’s inestimable sand is worth a golden mountain: let us not lose it.” Invest your time in the people and things that matter to you. All resources can be bought, but you cannot buy time. Cherish the time that you have and invest it wisely while you have the opportunity to do so. A Robert Herrick once said that we should “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying.” Thinking that you have all the time in the world is a big mistake. This is a reality check for you. Do you owe time? Are you making meaningful use of your time here on earth? Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, otherwise known as Lord Chesterfield, writing and admonishing his son, once said that “I recommend you to take care of the minutes: for hours will take care of themselves.” Do you owe time? Take care of your seconds, and they will take care of your minutes. Take care of your minutes, and they will take care of your hours. Take care of your hours, and they will take care of your days. Take care of your days, and it will take care of the years of your life. Pay your dues and invest significant time in the people and things that matter to you. A stitch in time they say saves nine.

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Ogbonnaya Agom-Eze is an entrepreneur and the Founder, CEO, Editor-In-Chief of Oaekpost, LLC, a U.S.-based online media company and the parent organization of www.oaekpost.com. He is a multi-niche writer with a wide range of interests in various genres. Agom-Eze is based in the Greater Seattle Area, Washington, and can be reached at ogb@oaekpost.com.

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