Give the Gift of Time
The end of Term has arrived, and it is so hard to believe we are now half way through the 2018 school year – where on earth did the time go?
Thinking about the passage of time, I remembered the following quotes that resonated with me many years ago, and continue to do so today:
Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back. Harvey Mackay
There’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who we spend it on. Leo Christopher
The greatest gift you can give someone is your time because when you give your time, you are giving a portion of your life that you will never get back. Anonymous
It is interesting to ask people what they truly value, or what a business sees as its core purpose, and then listen to the reply. Recently I was asked to mentor a relatively new Principal who was developing a new Strategic Plan. After developing this impressive document, I asked him: What is your biggest priority for the next 5 years? He provided a very comprehensive and considered response; had a clear vision for his school and a plan to achieve these goals. I then asked him to look at his financial papers and see what they indicated his core business to be.
If we want to know what a business truly values, look at the financials and see the evidence. If we want to know what we consider important in our lives, then examine how we spend our time. Of course, we must work to pay the bills and put food on the table, but how we spend our time does say a lot about our priorities.
We have a limited time in this life; a limited time with our children before they grow up and start their own families; a limited time when it is cool to be with mum and dad (this changes very quickly!); and a limited time to form relationships, friendships and connections with people. Do we intend to spend this limited time focussing on the people around us, making friendships, sharing goodwill, or being wound up so tight that we only see frustration, the errors, and not the good surrounding us? Life can be stressful. We all have aspirations for our families, ourselves and our children. We can look for the good in all around us or indeed see that which annoys us.
Sometimes we need to look at the world from an alternative point of view - a refreshed lens of sorts. Time is precious; we have the choice to use it any way we choose, we can never get it back and as such when we give this to another, it is indeed a special gift. May I encourage all reading this article to reflect on how you spend your time; who you spend time with; consider whether you are making the most of this gift; and whether you will choose to spend your time focussed on the good in others or searching for the errors and mistakes that we all make. I hope there is something in this for us all. We can make a change to our well-being and happiness by how we choose to spend our time.
As we head into the mid-year holiday period, I wish you the very best use of your time; I hope that you use your time to build relationships and make another’s life richer for your gift. I wish you all a wonderful holiday and look forward to your safe return next Term.