Making and spending time is much more essential to happiness and success than making and spending money, though they can work in tandem to create the ultimate prosperous life.
When I suggest that you take your time, I mean that you master it, assert yourself over it, not be a slave to it, not let it slip away without extracting everything you can from it.
I’ve often quoted one of my favorite lines from writer Christopher Morley:
There is only one success–
to be able to spend your life
in your own way.
What Morley is saying is that how you use your time is the most determining factor in whether your life is successful.
My assertion has always been that one’s life is composed of many, many episodes. Some of these episodes are very brief, some last longer, but combined they give the juice to our lives. And what signifies a life well-lived is how filled it is with satisfying, joyful, triumphant episodes–loving episodes, winning episodes. It might be enlightening here for you to make a list of:
The 10 Most Important Episodes of My Life
And chances are money was not essential in most of them. But the freedom from money concerns may have been. Which is why I always focus on money consciousness rather than money itself. No matter how much money you have, if you feel prosperous, you will be able to experience your time, your own unique episodes to the fullest.
Another favorite Morley quote to this point:
From now until the end of time no one else will ever see life with my eyes, and I mean to make the best of my chance.
So another obvious question:
Am I Making The Best of My Chance?
What gets in the way for many people is paying too much attention to accumulating wealth, worrying too much about trivial momentary lack, or filling the time with useless, non-creative, non-satisfying activity.
Think about the last great moment, the last great episode you had. I have a school composition book that I had during my incarceration, when I read 1000 books. I filled that composition book with quotes that had meaning for me, which goes along with my declaration that you are not living a full life if you are not reading fiction as well as nonfiction. One of these quotes describes the kind of moments or episodes I want to have happen in my life. It comes from acclaimed author Louise Erdrich and when I rediscovered it a short while ago, I immediately posted it on my Facebook page.
The idea that the most strongly experienced moments–those particular moments were eternal. They actually went somewhere–into a file of moments that existed beyond time’s range and could not be pilfered by God.
I wish you many such eternal moments beyond time’s range.