"What you put in this box will determine the quality of your life
How to fit it all in…is this a question or an answer?
Today it will be both.Â But first, let’s look at your typical day.
The 6AM alarm clock shocks you out of a semi-lucid dream.Â You leap out of bed, half-conscious and head immediately for the bathroom.Â In the shower you shave–eyes closed–out of sheer memory and habit.Â You begin to plan your day, what needs to be done, what you’d like to do.Â Your thoughts are abruptly interrupted by the screams and wails of your daughter, who’s woken up in a bad mood.Â Why?Â No reason other than she’s a 2-year old.
You forget what you were thinking about and shamble to the kitchen to make some coffee and cobble together something that passes for a nutritious breakfast, hoping someone remembered to shop for eggs yesterday because you didn’t.Â Your wife is saying something about who has to be where and who’s picking up whom from somewhere.Â You nod, get dressed, gather your stuff and head out the door to work.
At work things pile up, your boss dropped an extra assignment on your desk.Â There’s no way you’ll get this done without skipping lunch, which you do.Â Eating at your desk you only get halfway done.Â Of course it needs to be done today so you stay late, working overtime.Â Exhausted, you manage to get the project done and out the door to FedEx.
You brave heavy traffic and make it home only to have the baby thrust into your arms.Â Time to feed the kids, bathe them and get them to bed.Â Fortunately your spouse has dinner prepared, thank heaven.Â Mentally, physically and emotionally spent, you fall onto the couch and eat.Â Too tired to do anything other than watch TV you pass out onto your dinner plate.Â You wake up, clean up some and get ready for bed.
The day ends, you collapse into the bed and….The 6AM alarm clock shocks you out of a semi-lucid dream….
Well, you get the point.
How to fit it all in?
It may seem hopeless, given this type of jam-packed day, how you can fit anything in other than just surviving day to day.Â Talk about being on the treadmill, in the rat race.Â Makes for a depressing life doesn’t it?Â But what about all the FUN stuff you like to do?Â Where’s the hanging out with your buddies, taking that photography class you’ve always wanted to take?Â Getting rid of that spare tire around your waist? Playing some ball?Â Or just getting some peace and quiet?Â Where does all that come in?
See that treasure chest up there?Â All your answers are in there, or will be in a minute.
What you put in that box will determine the quality of your life.Â That box represents whatever time you have left on this earth.Â Take a good look inside it.Â You can only fit so much into that box before it’s full.
Here’s another question for you, WHO is going to fill that box?Â Will it be other people and THEIR agendas for you?Â Or will it be YOU who decides to wrest control of your life from the daily grind and ONLY allow what’s important to YOU to fill your days?
So you have a decision.Â Either you let “whoever” fill your box with “whatever”so it eventually becomes a Junk Drawer like the one in your kitchen.Â OR, you take some time to yourself and make a list of everything you’d like to put in your box so it becomes the Treasure Chest that it should be.
Make that list!
Here are some questions to help you out:
1.Â WHO do you want to spend your time with? Stop wasting time with people you’d rather not be around.Â Visit your family, call your friend who you’ve lost touch with.Â There WILL be a last time so don’t lose the time with them.
2.Â WHAT do you want to LEARN? Learning something new is Gold to put in your treasure chest.Â Don’t put it off any longer.Â Take that drawing class NOW.
3.Â WHAT do you want to PLAY? George Bernard Shaw said, “we don’t stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing.” Want to stay young?Â Get playing again, whether it is recreational team sports or unorganized play with your kids or a martial art (play and learning!)
4.Â WHERE do you want to GO? Don’t get caught up in the old, “it’s not going anywhere” line. I missed seeing Stonehenge and wound up hanging with some crazy Irishmen because of that line.Â It may not be going anywhere, but you will be someday.Â Put it on your schedule.
5.Â WHO do you want to HELP? How will you contribute to the world?Â Who can you help?Â I’m doing right now that as I write this article–that is my gift to give the world.Â Are you?Â If not, find out how and who you can help and get to it.Â The disabled, the elderly, children with terminal illness, the homeless, underprivileged youth? Â This will be one of the most rewarding things you ever do with your life.
That should get you started at least…help you “chip away the un-essentials.”
So what’ll it be, Junk Drawer or Treasure Chest?
NEXT TIME:Â Part II–Simple Ways to fit getting WarriorFit in your Treasure Chest