The other morning, my 9 year old son told me that “Time was the most precious thing in the world”.
Yes, you read that correctly. He’s 9.
He had this revelation over night and was explaining to me what his plans for the future were. He wanted to grow up and work in Security and give his own time to others, because giving your time to others is very special. It’s a very kind thing to do, right Mom?
Yes, son, it is. And you are right. Time is very precious indeed. Precious because it cannot be bought or controlled; it just soldiers on whether we want it to or not. Time is what we need to make memories and relationships. Time is the key to feeling supported, comforted and loved by those who are important to us.
If you think that spending time with loved ones isn’t the key to a successful relationship, please talk to someone who has lost a loved one. A widow, or widower. A grieving parent. An orphan. They would happily trade all of their worldly possessions for more time with their loved one.
Am I surprised that my 9 year old understands this? Not really. This is the same kid who offered to donate some of his bone marrow (soldiers) to save his older brothers life – without hesitation. He is selfless, courageous and kind, every single day. He understands that life is hard and people have good days and bad. He recognizes that he can help bring a smile to their day by doing something, even something simple. He wants to change the world!
Every day he inspires me to be a better person. To take a moment to listen to the world, to let it in. To give my time to others when I can. He inspires me to keep dreaming, and to keep trying to make the most of everyday.
So, my resolution for 2019, and every year to come, will be to make time for the people in my life. To take time to truly listen to the words they say and the ones they bury deep. To see them as they are, and respect them for that. To take a moment to exhale and take a deep breath; to count my blessings. And as cliché as it sounds, to be the change I want to see in this world.
May 2019 find you all in good company, surrounded by those who love and support you. May your year be filled with adventure, laughter and good health. Cheers to the amazingly perfect days, and the days that strengthen us!
Go. Be Awesome!