|January 3, 2011 Sunrise 7:24 am|
This is a very difficult concept to grasp when you are younger as what what you want most and what you want now seem to be one in the same.
As one gets older and acquires more of what you want now, hopefully, one also gains a bit more wisdom regarding what one wants most. It is easy to get caught up in the concept that a "thing" will give you what you want, when in reality, the "thing", at most, is just the stepping stone to what one wants most.
"The most important things in life are not things." - Art Buchwald
Self confidence, love, satisfaction, knowledge, freedom, TIME, etc.; these are what we want most. A car, a house, a spouse, a job, a phone, a computer, new clothes, etc. is how we think we will gain the 'what we want most'.
TIME is an enemy when one permits emotions such as: unhappiness, desolation, illness, loneliness, anger, fear, etc. take control of your thoughts.
TIME is at its greatest worth when one permits emotions such as: happiness, self-confidence, appreciation, acceptance, understanding, love, etc. to have dominance in your soul.
Like the law of supply and demand, items in great supply have a lower perceived value than those that are in short supply. Diamonds, gold, real estate in a desired area, come to mind, but what about TIME? When one is younger and in good health, TIME is infinite and its value diminishes as TIME is wasted and spent on frivolous endeavors.
When one departs on a vacation with a clear destination and goal in sight and a specific amount of TIME to get there, to enjoy the moments and then return home, we are very conscious and appreciative of our days and hours. You have to make reservations, plan the itinerary, pack clothes, get your tickets, get to the airport/port/bus at a specific time, so you can arrive at the destination at the desired time, so you can have the maximum pleasure and see and do everything that your allotted TIME will allow.
How many interesting events, places and things to do are right in our own back yard that we have never seen, done, or visited, but that others that live far away, will plan, pack and travel here to spend their valuable TIME enjoying what we take for granted. We have no sense of urgency, because we have "all the TIME" in the world.
One day one discovers that there is indeed a limited amount of time and the moments become much more precious and the greatest pleasures of TIME are not 100 or 1000 miles away. It is right where we are.