Active Chances vs. Passive Resolutions
The new year usually brings resolutions, both the standard and the exotic. I think we should continually develop our habits, our views, and our lives, but I’m not as keen on the idea of new year resolutions as I used to be. It’s the word ‘resolution’ that bothers me. A resolution can be viewed as a commitment to a thing and/or as the conclusion to a thing but it doesn’t really convey the action of a thing. Resolutions feel passive. Maybe that’s why so many people (myself included before I changed my viewpoint) give up on them. Where resolutions are passive, taking a chance is active.
Instead of having resolutions let’s take more chances. Taking a chance raises the stakes and adds a sense of adventure. A chance is the beginning of a thing not just a commitment to a thing. Taking a chance requires both a decision and an action. If we follow through on the action it should lead to a conclusion. Resolutions are easy to give up because we don’t have to invest much to make them. When we take a chance we are putting ourselves out there, we are investing time, effort, resources, or something else that we value. Whether you desire the standard or the exotic don’t resolve to obtain it, take a chance and go for it.
We Spend Time to Buy Time
We spend our time at various jobs to make money in order to spend our time somewhere else. We spend time doing one thing so that we can spend time doing something else. Time is one of, if not the, most valuable commodity that we own. It is vital to think about how we earn it and how we spend it.
Individuals and institutions scheme and scramble for our time. They plot and present a wide variety of distractions designed to develop a desire for the novel and a need to conform. The more time we spend on things we don’t want at places we don’t want to be leaves us with less time to bank and more time individuals and institutions have to hold over us. Guard your time. Invest it wisely. Spend your time on what your heart truly desires not on what others try so hard to con you into believing you desire and/or need.
It Sounds Like a Bad 80s Flick
Unfortunately it’s not as cool as that. Time has been on my mind lately and I find myself in the mood to tap out a few lines concerning the people and things that eat up our time like a vampires sucking away our life blood.
More than a fair share of us have whiled away our time on various endeavors and inactions, but if it was time enjoyed then it was not time wasted (I’ve covered this topic in a couple of posts). Choosing how we spend our time is not the same as losing our time to time vampires. Time vampires are those individuals, institutions, and ideologies whose implicit purpose is to drain time from us, to weaken us by taking something we can’t get back, time. Time vampires are those individuals who value their time but show no respect for ours. They are the institutions that demand our time but don’t adequately compensate us for it. Time vampires are all those ideologies we dedicate ourselves to, spend so much time following, only to realize our time was conned away from us like money invested in some well structured pyramid scheme.
Time vampires often appear in the guise of friends, organizations, and causes worthy of our time. These vampires are alluring, but beware of how and who you spend or give your time. Time vampires exist to drain us of one of the few things we can’t get back or get more of, time.