We all wish we had more time. More time with a loved one before they passed away, more time to study for that final exam – or write that essay, more time to prepare for that big meeting, or more time to enjoy that popsicle before the sun melted it away. We all wish that we had more time – more life to live, but the reality is, we have only a certain amount of time on this earth – so make it count.
Find Your Purpose – Live it Out
Easier said than done – right? Identifying what you were put on this earth to do is difficult, and in the meantime, there are bills to pay!
So you put away “childish dreams”, go to school, and get a desk job like everyone else before you. You set your eyes on a new goal, power and glory – in the form of a nice, fat paycheck every two weeks. Life is more expensive than you thought, and that corporate ladder is steeper than you expected. So you work harder and longer, hoping that there is more in you than the guy beside you – who works just as hard, and just as long.
A few years go by, and you suddenly realize that your friends are married, there are pictures of them on the beach, at picnics, coddling babies. They may make less than you – but they look happy – really happy. Why don’t you have pictures like that to show off, or more importantly, have those moments to cherish?
Enough is enough – things need to change.
“The Gift of Time”
You decide that you need to start making memories of your own – take time to “smell the roses”; and you’re not alone.
According to research conducted by the Corporate Executive Board of more than 50,000 global workers, work-life balance now ranks as one of the most important workplace attributes – right behind compensation.
Companies make the mistake of offering their employees expensive amenities such as on-site gyms or health care services. In reality, especially since the economic downturn, employees are more interested in the “gift of time.” The study found that more than 60% of the employees polled identified flexible schedules as the most important work-life practice their employer could provide.
Power and glory are not all its cracked up to be. If at the end of the day you have all the money in the world, but no one to share it with, what was the point? Life is hard work, but it is those stolen moments with a loved one that make the journey worthwhile. Remember when you are climbing that corporate ladder that there is more to life than work, and that if you embrace the “gift of time”, you just might find someone to create those moments with you, and share the burden of life.
by Brienne Torley is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada License.