“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time”. – Steve Jobs
Time seems to go by in the blink of an eye. It seems like just yesterday I was a child playing in the sun. The next blink I was graduating high school and off to college. Another blink I landed my first job, and then was married, had children and turned 43. It took a whirlwind weekend in New York to realize how insanely fast life is going and how time never seems to slow down.
I was out dancing with some of my dearest friends from the social good blogging world to Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and it struck me how long it had been since I’d heard that song and furthermore how much longer it had been since I let go and danced. It frightened me.
As time seems to be a continuous river, flowing faster and faster each and every day, I need to remind myself to stop and slow down. To reflect. To relax. To enjoy doing absolutely nothing. To tune out of all the chaos, sadness and insanity of this world if only for a moment and learn the art of stillness.
Being in New York City during UN Week with all the chaos and craziness of comings and goings of presidents, prime ministers, celebrities and the Pope, and sitting inside the 92nd Street Y for two days straight during the Social Good Summit, overwhelmed me. Hearing about how so many people in the world are suffering each and every day and how large some of the issues are to tackle- climate change, extreme poverty, equality for all, ending preventable deaths, food security, the refugee crisis and the list continues – can make anyone want to give up. Yet, I also learned there is hope and there is still time.
I love this quote. It reminds me to slow down, take a breath and tackle each and every day with compassion, perseverance and hope for a better place. Time will continue to flow at breakneck speed. If it didn’t I’d honestly be bored. Yet, it is also important to remember to stop and smell the roses a little bit. To relax and enjoy spending time with those you love.
“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present”. –Bil Keane
My children and yours will be the next generation of leaders and change makers in the world. Before we know it, it will be their time to do something. To act. To inspire. To love and to live.
I realized that I have a lot of work to do over the next ten years before they are off into the great big world on their own. I know it will be here before I know it. Before I want it to come. But they and hopefully I will be ready.