So Much Wasted Time

So Much Wasted Time

by Susan Neuhalfen

I know. You’re expecting me to give you all kinds of gooey language about how the holidays are all about giving and you should go volunteer your time here and give money there, etc.

That’s all fine and well, but I actually have a different message for you:
Unplug, unwind and give the gift of time.

We spend so much of our time in a whirlwind of activity, that when we do have time off, we usually spend it figuring out which room in the house we’re going to clean or what project we’re going to tackle…because we have time.

I don’t know about you, but my best holiday memories didn’t have anything to do with presents. They had to do with time. Spending time with my relatives when they came over for dinner. Spending an evening playing games with my siblings. Spending the afternoon sliding down a snowy hill with my friends with nothing but a garbage bag.

If you’re going to give yourself or someone you love a present, give them the gift of time. Tell your spouse to take the day to him or herself and you’ll take the kids. Then you take some time to yourself. Take some time together without kids. Take your elderly parent to lunch. Take your time.

We take time every night to recharge our electronics, but we don’t take the time to recharge ourselves. You’d be amazed how much of a better parent, spouse and co-worker you would be if you’d take the time to charge your own batteries.

Stop feeling like you have to keep people entertained this holiday season. Our best memories are not organized field trips.

I’m told that David Cassidy’s last words were “…so much wasted time.” Don’t let them be yours.

Take your time and enjoy the holidays.


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