Life is short so it is important to focus on what matters and let go of what doesn’t. The most important things in life are not our phones, TVs, new cars or big impressive houses and they can not be found at the bank. In reality the most important things in life are on a very short list. The most important things in life are our purpose, time, health and our relationships with others. You can have many material things in life and be a millionaire but nothing will fulfill you like those four things.
Purpose is our why. It was controls and fuels our actions. It causes us to be passionate about things. And it is involved in everything you do in life; work, relationships and our approach to living our lifes. It means living your life in an intentional way and it gives you extra meaning and a deeper sense of self.
Next is time. Everyone has the same amount of time in their day; twenty-four hours. But some people run around stressed complaining that they do not have enough time while others approach life in a relaxed state but still seem to get just as much done. Many people make poor choices when it comes to time management on a daily basis. Each time you say yes to doing something for someone else, you are saying no to doing somthing for yourself. Time is a fleeting resource, once it is spent you cannot get it back so it is very important to be selective with the time you have. This is difficult if you are spending your entire day doing school work for different classes or working multiple jobs. What you can do is find small pockets of time to invest in passions, projects and self care. Though your job may be to care for someone else, it is so necessary to care for yourself along the way.
Third is health. Many people take their health for granted until they have a reason not to. Many neglect to exercise and then find themselves wonderingwhy the struggle to climb up a flight of stairs. It is important to take care of one of the most important things in your life because anything could happen at any moment and take it away.
Lastly, in my opinion the most important aspect of life is your relationships. Many people lead very busy lives which causes them to think they don’thave enough time for relationships. However, that busyness is created by yourself. That means it is important to step away from it and focus on the relationships you are neglecting. Your friends, family and loved ones are what add meaning to your life. You MUST make time for these relationships. Being busy is fine if your busy with the most essential things in your life like your relationships.
Purpose, time, health and loved ones. These are the things that make life more complete so it is important to treat them accordinly
2 thoughts on “Rethinking What Really Matters”
I completely agree. We as humans commonly hold materialistic things in too high in regard and we spend our most valuable asset, time, trying to get it. I think your thoughts about time being really spot on. One of the only things that poor people, rich people, white people, black people, happy people, sad people have in common is that we all get the same 24 hours each day. How we chose to spend those 24 hours is what determines who we will become and what we will have. Aristotle once said, “Don’t sleep too much or you’ll wake up a failure”. His belief that time is the absolute most valuable asset a person has is shared by an overwhelming majority of successful people. I think it’s really important to take a second and reflect every couple of months and ask yourself, “How are you living?”. If the answer is anything other than what you want then you know it’s time for you to change something. Success is about rethinking and reimagining what’s already been thought of. I really liked and agreed with your post.
I completely agree with this point. I think that when we talk about the meaning of life, we automatically tend to think it should be an earth shattering, profound answer, when really it’s just a few simple things. Or sometimes people think it’s ostentatious, material things like you said. If someone came to me and told me they weren’t happy with their life, I would tell them to examine the four things you talked about in this post. I thought this was a very thoughtful post and I completely agree with the points you made.