The puzzle that is time

Where does the time go… 24/7 is our new normal? Oy, fraig nisht (don’t ask). Eighty-one years is the average age of life on this planet in the U.S. its probably much less with mrt at the helm to live. If you’re a man, you get an average of 78.7 years. How many heartbeats? How do we spend our time? What makes us happy? What constitutes a life well lived? These answers change from person to person, and I have been doing a lot of mulling this over of late. So much so, my head hurts (se tit meer vay der kop).

Everyone’s road is different. Life, it is filled with zillions of invisible tugs of war, pulling and tugging at us — some good, some not so much. Sometimes we fly through tsuris (trouble) with ease, other times, we need more agility — extra adeptness, newfound compassion, empathy.

Can we get balance among the commotion? When do we know what feels good and what hurts, pains us? What about ethics, morals, values, pain, conflict, money, love, empathy, gratitude, compassion…is there a pattern? There is no manual, I do know that…

If our time is finite, we probably should handle it with care. Even when our email is full and voicemail is no longer accepting messages If our energy is fixed, we should do our best to expend it wisely. If we crave healing, we should actively seek restoration. If we desire love, let the heart sing. Can we afford to bargain at this table? I don’t think so… and yet I know I have danced along the ledge. I was young, pained, not yet so wise… So what? (Iz nu?) 

Tseitn derlaibt! Oh, the times we have lived to see! 

May there be many more tomorrows for us all…

Shvesters

My recipe (note, I’m no cook!):

  • Do work that is meaningful
  • Follow your heart
  • Always, always, always, be kind to others
  • Live out loud

 

Are you living your life well?  It’s never too late to change things up a bit. Tell me how you do it?

 

59 thoughts on “The puzzle that is time

    1. Hi Lindsey! Thanks for your comment. Gatsby our pooch, is part Pekingese Pug and Mini Dachshund. Handsome little man. Bet yours is too! He rescued us 2 years ago today. #dreamteam 😘✨

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  1. This post was so apt for me at this great time of sadness, I loved it! I think your recipe is spot on too, you know how I feel about kindness. I think we are kindred spirits my lovely. Thank you for linking up to #PointShoot 📸

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  2. I know what you mean about where does the time go. My nephew had his birthday yesterday. When I first came to Canada, which seems like yesterday, he was 3. Yesterday he turned 23. Where did the last 20 years go? I have no idea. I do know I’ve been happy for most of it, which, in the end, is what counts, right?

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  3. I’ve always been interested (read: obsessed) with how time goes and I’m more acutely aware of it since becoming a parent. Your recipe is a fantasic one, I’m a great believer in kindness. Sadly lifes “jobs” can get in the way sometimes but we have to try and remember to fill the rest of the time with as much happiness as possible! #TriumphantTales

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  4. Lovely post. I couldn’t agree more with everything you said. For me, this year is all about change and really appreciating life. We won’t be here forever so we need to make every second count. #Itsok

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  5. That is a very good question to ask and I’ve asked it myself a few time lately. Some family issues have come up for me that have had me thinking about these types of things. I agree with you that happiness looks different for everyone and living life to the fullest looks different for everyone. Here’s to living our lives the best way we seek to live it:) #LGRT

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  6. I love this so much Lisa! I like to live each day for itself so that I have no regrets should it end quicker than I wanted. I plan for retirement, but I also enjoy things in the moment because that retirement may never come. #DreamTeam

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    1. I am trying hard to live this way, Heather. The older I get, the more precious I realize every moment really is… Amazing we can’t have this wisdom earlier in life… or maybe some do. xoxo Happy Saturday Kiddo! #dreamteam xoxo

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  7. Thought provoking stuff. Watching my daughter grow up has also made me consider time more deeply. We spend so much of it wishing we had more of it, when we could be filling it more fulfillingly. #stayclassymama

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  8. It”s strange, of late I can’t help but feel time is indeed precious and this is life and we should be living and enjoying it as best we can. I don’t if it having children that has made me think this way but I wholeheartedly agree with your recipe and am trying to live to it too. Thanks for joining us at #familyfun

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  9. I love your recipe and I love this post, it mad me sad and happy, I think sometimes living with anxiety can take away those moments that i wish I could just enjoy! Still I try to focus on all the positives as I have so many in my life and live with truth and like you say Live Out Loud! Love You and Love this post! Thanks for being part of #ablogginggoodtime

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  10. Time is precious. I think we are all probably a little guilty of not making the most of what we have. Posts like this are a great reminder. Thanks for linking up to #TriumphantTales, I hope you can join me again on Tuesday.

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  11. Lovely words Lisa, and wise as well. Also, that first shot of your daughter on her scooter is great, magical!
    When it comes to time and how we spend it, I have become increasingly aware of these things after the passing of too many lovely people in recent years (relatives and friends of my family, as well as several famous people I felt love for too). xx #PointShoot

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  12. I completely agree with all the points you raise here. Time goes so quickly, and seems to go more and more quickly the older that we get. My best advice is to treasure the days and find at least one piece of happines in the everyday. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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  13. Oh. So. True. And something we forget. Daily. Amazing tips – I couldn’t agree more. And I LOVE “Live out loud” (and the photo of your dog!) Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.

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  14. #thesatsesh yes to this, i think you are a culinary whizz with recipes like that – do you follow your own recipe? (thats where i often go wrong) Time is soon precious and often not given enough respect.

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  15. I could not agree more with your advice. I too think about these questions often and I the answers seem to always be the same and very similar to your recipe. In the end life is too short to be constantly sad, anxious, hurt… Living in between is no living in my humble opinion. Thank you for sharing with #stayclassymama

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  16. What a great post. I was wallowing a bit earlier this week worrying about my life choices and the future and what people think of me. But this time is so precious, well as is all of our time I guess, but this really resonated with me. #Ablogginggoodtime

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  17. I absolutely love this! We really should always be kind- this makes me feel so much happier! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post on #FabFridayPost

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  18. Great post and I love the pictures 🙂 It’s so easy to go through the day to day quite mindlessly, doing laundry and all the other little things that make up my day but when I think of it properly. like this post has inspired me to do, it fills me with motivation. Motivation to travel and step outside the little boxes I set for myself. When I really think about how all our time is limited it makes me want to experience life so hard. Alas it never lasts for very long and I’m off putting the washing machine on spin or whatever it is. I do think I’m heading towards a massive midlife crisis if I’m honest. We’ll see how that pans out! Haha! #KCACOLS

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    1. I think I wrote this to avoid the midlife crisis… I think I am north of that line anyway. Oy! It was the night before I turned 55, the speed limit! LOL. Thank you for your comments xx #KCACOLS

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