'TIME AND TIDE WAIT FOR NO MAN'
Through most of our active adult lives we don't really think much about time being more precious than money. After all, we do have the responsibility of providing a roof, clothing and food for ourselves and our families. Then we get caught up in the trap of 'upward mobility' in buying bigger homes in better locations to ensure we have garnered enough money for retirement. So, now we are not only providing for our family needs, but stretching our resources to accommodate our wants to such an extent that we have to use up the spare time we do have to service our financial commitments.
WHAT REALLY MATTERS?
We tend to measure our success by the material things we accumulate rather than the quality of relationship which comes by spending time with our loved ones. In the greater scheme of things,
what really makes us happiest? Is it stuff or is it people? Is it a throw away toy or is it precious memories of spending time with others?
HOW DO WE CARVE OUT FREE TIME?
- We create an overall game plan and prioritize our time.
- We schedule time for work, spouse and individual children.
- We create vacation time that does not necessarily involve expense.
- We model what we want our kids to value most.
- We stick to the plan.
THE VALUE OF TIME SPENT
- We teach our kids why 'stuff' is far less important than time spent.
- We are sewing seeds of wisdom, knowledge and expertise into their lives.
- We have the opportunity to find out their gifts and talents and help them set goals.
- It is a chance for parents to observe sadness or concern in their children.
- Spending time with our children gives them a strong feeling of value.
Written by Sally Burgess, Forefront Families