There is one thing that I will always work on in my life and that is value. I am working on making my creative time more valuable; the time with my family more valuable; the empty spaces in between more valuable because when it comes down to it I will look back on my time and see what kind of value I cultivated in my life.
My loved ones won’t live forever and I won’t live forever, so why waste that precious time on scrolling through endless status updates and tweets and articles that will not only waste my time, but try to bring down the value of the world around me? If I can put value into that time then that is a success.
However, I don’t have any time left for those things when I put value into my life.
My phone doesn’t do a lot. It can patch through phone calls (but not phone numbers) and texts (but not pictures). I have set it up this way so that I don’t give it any more time than I think it deserves. Have you ever thought about how much you look at your phone or your computer or your iPad? Have you ever thought that you probably look at those things more than your loved ones or the clouds or trees or birds or the ocean or anything that is really, truly magnificent? I mean, there are pictures of those things on the internet that we’ve spent time sizing up and snapping a photo of and filtering and cropping and posting and waiting for comments or likes or shares when this whole time we could just appreciate that thing for that thing’s sake.
In a world of connectedness, we miss out on so much of what connects us. Where we once had eye contact and word-of-mouth and closeness we’ve now conveniently divided all that into time slots and folders and Things I’ll Get To Later When I Have Time.
Where is the value in that?
So this year I am working on replacing my excuses with value.