I wrote on Facebook the other day that it was both crazy and amazing to have the ability to go through different futuristic stages of my life with my eyes open, and in a way, that is how we are supposed to create our lives using our imagination and the ability to envision things. I compared it to having a near death experience, flipping through scenarios and stages of life, just the other way around. Metaphorically, that’s like what you experience nearly dying, if you’ve had that experience like I’ve had. With part 2, I wanted to go a little further and talk about TIME.
I was brought back to a movie I watched in 2011 called Just In Time, starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. In the movie, life is paid out a minute at a time. Only the rich live forever and you don’t age after 25. The countdown of 365 days, begins once you’ve reached age 25 and the cause of death of the individual to reach zero, makes your hope of living very low, because if you want more time you must pay for it. Thus, the rich and powerful are secured to live forever, while the working class, usually die young.
So lets just say you had 1 hour, 13 minutes and 59 seconds to live. What will you do with your time? Will continue to allow people to waste your time? Will you continue on wasting your own time? Again, what will you do with you time? Travel, explore, call the people you want to talk too upon impulse? Tell the person you’ve known for years that you love them? Quit the job you’ve hated for years? Follow your dream? Act and bet on your instincts like you have nothing to lose? As in the movie Just In Time, we have an invisible clock that is ticking while asleep or awake. Time is money. You earn it the minute you wake up, and you spend it by every decision you make, and fail to make.
Time is so precious and we take it for granted everyday. “The day you’re born is the day we start dying,” wise words from my Mother. It’s time to take a HARD look at our lives and begin to put things into perspective. Putting the important and meaningful things first and keeping them first, is the success we all talk about. Because just like Paul (in the bible), he knew one day he was going to die too.
“I die daily to stay in the glory of having taught you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord.”-1 Corinthians 15:31
The necessity of daily renewal is contingent upon our relationships, personal growth, and life journey. Without metaphorically dying daily, we wither from attachments, resentment, unforgiveness, and all the other sicknesses that keep us alive, but never living.
“Unlike money, time however, once it’s gone it’s gone.”
“His crime wasn’t taking time, he was giving it away.”