There is no such thing as time management…just life management. As I read these words, I realized that I have spent most of my life managing my time and not my life. Life management begins with an awareness of time and of the choices we should make to be a good steward of it. At this stage of my life, I find myself thinking about this quite often and my thoughts are focused on “Saturdays and 676 marbles” that educator Gary Rupert so clearly discusses.
If the average person lives about 79 years and with 52 weeks in a year, that means they have 3,900 Saturdays in their entire lives. At this point in my life I figure I have about 520 Saturdays left. I recently read about a man who used marbles in a jar to represent his remaining Saturdays. Each Saturday he would remove a marble and throw it away. He found by watching the marbles diminish he could focus more on the really important things in life, concluding there is nothing like watching your time here on earth run out to help get your priorities straight.
Think carefully about the difference between managing our time and our lives. With my remaining 520 Saturdays, I want to be healthy and active enough to spend more time visiting with my friends, helping others, hanging out with my sons and my brother, playing bridge, playing the piano, walking in the woods or perhaps….doing nothing at all!!!! There really is an art to managing your life and making most of your time. Perhaps this weekend I will go to the toy store and buy some marbles. Let the countdown begin!
I Care, Barb