How Do You Measure a Life?
Guest writer: J.D. Meier
At this moment I am probably boarding the airplane to return from Scotland to the United States. One always needs to make extra careful arrangements on a travel day, so I wanted to make sure that the guest writer for today was up for that responsibility – I think I chose well.
J.D. Meier writes the blog Sources of Insight and it is from reading his fine strategies, outlines, guest posts, and management reports that I have come to truly enjoy reading his well organized and insightful gifts of knowledge. I can truly learn new information and apply them to my best practices and patterns of living and writing.
J.D.’s Hot Spots for Life post just took my breath away and I have gone back to it a number of times to regroup and rethink through my life situations. He says:
This is the big picture. It’s how I chunk up my overall time and energy. There are certain areas in life that if I invest in, I get rewarded. On the other hand, if I ignore these categories, I get penalized.
From J.D.’s about page I found his words:
Sources of Insight is my channel for finding and sharing patterns and practices from the best books, people, and quotes I can find.
When J.D. said yes to a guest post, I just knew I was leaving this page to a professional and I was Standing on the shoulders of a giant!
Without further ado I will share with you J.D.’s fine writing about life and living.
Thank you J.D.
“Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes.” If you’ve seen Rent (http://www.siteforrent.com/ ), you know the song and that’s the number of minutes in a year.
The song continues … “525,600 minutes – how do you measure, measure a year? … In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee. … In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife. In 525,600 minutes – how do you measure a year in the life?”
I remember the moment I heard those lines, my mind started racing for an answer … How do you measure a life? At first my thoughts went to all the people I lost in my life whose time was cut short. I could count them on two hands. I saw their lives flash by in an instant. The unrealized dreams. The unfulfilled lives. The hopes for a future they never got to see.
Next my thoughts went to the people in my life that lived a long and fulfilling life. You might call it, the good life. I could count them on one hand. In fact, I only needed 2 fingers. You could imagine the expression, “life’s not fair” coming to mind.
Slowly and, in an ominous sort of way, my thoughts turned to my own life. In this brief instant, time slowed down, as pages in my life album slowly flipped by. Strangely, there was no sequence. There was no rhyme. There was no reason. It was just highlights of what was truly important. It was a kaleidoscope of the people and experiences in my life.
At this point, I hear the song continue … “How about love? How about love? How about love? Measure in love. Seasons of love.”
… and I thought to myself, works for me. I went back and re-counted those in my life that I thought were dealt the unfair hands. Sure enough, the love they gave and the love they got was well beyond a lifetime.
I used to worry about “how to leave a legacy” as Covey would put it. I realize now, legacy is really just a byproduct of how you spend your time with those you have and making the most of what you’ve got.
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