Have you ever noticed that time flies faster as we get older? I mean, it doesn’t, of course, but it seems like it does. The other morning I sat down, wanting to check a few emails and posts on social media really quick. I ended up spending an hour just doing that! Time wasted?
I like to say that If something or someone is important enough for us, we’ll make time for it/that person. Then we’ll need to give our full attention. It’s amazing how much can be accomplished within even an hour!
As little children we cared for different things. Then, in our teenage years, other things were of more value to us. Now that we are adults some things became less important, while others play bigger roles in our lives. Something hasn’t changed, though: we still need to make time for our priorities.
Isn’t it a shame how much influence social media has on us these days? Instead of reading the news in the papers, we now read them online, e.g. Facebook, Google News, Twitter. Our friends and followers share things with us and expect us to comment or at least react by attaching a thumb up, a heart, a smiley or whatever icon we’ll find to it.
“You got married?”
“Yes, I did. Haven’t you read my post on Facebook?”
I have friends and family all over the world. Yes, I like to stay in contact with them. However, being on social media still is very different than being connected through the good ol’ ways like having a meal together, talking on the phone, or exchanging words by letters or emails. In a way it is a lot quicker, to skim a text click on an icon to let people know you “care” about their lives, than to spend time with them. Reminds me of visiting someone just to “tick the box” — done it, got it off my chest, feel better now.
No matter if online or offline, don’t just spend time so that you can feel good about yourself, thinking you have done your part and ticked the box. When spending time with someone in the chatroom, spend time with that person — don’t be chatting to twenty other people at the same time. The quantity of time is not as important as the quality of time. Thirty minutes spend with love and full attention will accomplish — and be appreciated — more than two hours spend along other things.
Who or what is important for you? How and when could you spend (more) quality time with that someone or task?