Friday, February 04, 2011

Time is the coin. And Purpose

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
-- Carl Sandburg

Yes. I've sometimes been astounded at the willingness of some people to have others waste their time. They won't turn them away, just out of... I guess, politeness. Granted, it is not the easiest thing in the world to just say No, but at the price of having your life wasting away underneath you?

I had a spiritual tutor back in the eighties. He told me a price per hour before we started. He was really helpful, and then after I held out a hand with the money. He didn't take them immediately, like he really didn't want them. Then he said: "do you know why I say I charge money for it? It's because otherwise some people are just time-sinks for me."


Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.
-- William H. Sheldon

I also believe this is true. In fact, for many intelligent people, their biggest problem is that they are not sure what their purpose is! (Books about finding your "true purpose" are selling very well.)

I've come to believe it doesn't matter, actually. Our true purpose is probably too big for a human mind to understand, so whatever you choose in your human life is just that, a choice. Just do whatever you're good at, and do it with love and do it well.

5 comments:

Anna said...

Time is the coin of your life.

> Actually, of course I know, but it is so important to be reminded and to remember it again and again and again...

/ By the way, I saw a birthday greeting, just cannot recall where, it's nice:

Don't put more years in your life, but put more life in your years.

mary ann said...

doing things you love, doing it with love makes one heck of a happy life. however, most people are directed by making money, or more money..and sometimes not taking out the time to really think what makes you happy..even if we make less, have a smaller home,..when you do things with love for it..it never feels like work..for it serves a greater purpose...what are your thoughts..I just think life should be fun, and fun equals happiness to me...specially in spirit

eolake said...

Yes, for me, personal development and harmony with the Universe have become much more important than money/fame/big houses.
There will always be those with yet bigger houses, so why even try?

neeraj said...

I remember to have heard long ago:

"My time is my life. Whenever I spend some time with somebody, I donate him a part of my life ..."

TC [Girl] said...

Neeraj said...
"...I donate him a part of my life ..."

Of which I would say is a mutual thing. No one is to be regarded "better than" another and none of us know who we might learn a life lesson from. Life is a gift that was "donated" to us, first, after all.