Tuesday, Jan 07, 2014

Life in Beans

Welcome to 2014! A whole new year ahead! New memories, new opportunities, new challenges, new friends, new resolutions. In 2014, I am going to ___________ (fill in the blank with your resolutions).

I'm going to......ummm

Well I'm definitely going to......well hmmm

Did anyone else pause at the blank? Did anyone else struggle to fill in the blank after only a week of 2014?

Each year we get amped about a new start, a fresh beginning and all that lays ahead. And yet, the luster and excitment wears off so fast! For some it lasts a week or two, others a month, and a lucky few hold fast to the excitment for a few months but for most, its only a day or two.

Our resolutions, goals and dreams get lost in the shuffle of everyday life. School, work, sports, chores, homework, doctor appointments take center stage and most if not all of our hopes for the new year get benched on a shelf in the back of our mind. They settle in and gather dust and are more often than not never glanced at again.

And what about life goals, like a bucket list, things you have always wanted to do but have put off for one reason or another? These happen throughout every year and yet they also often get left behind and forgotten or at least neglected.

Sometimes though, something will snap us out of our routine, it will spark something inside of us and reignite our originial desire to achieve this goal or that dream. The following video takes jelly beans to represent the length of the average life. It shows you how the average person uses their time and the dwindling pile of beans or days left after each common activity is removed. Once all the common activities are removed, the remaining beans represent the free time we have to do what we desire to do. I've spilled enough, just watch, it speaks for itself.

I was shocked to see the small pile of beans that remained and something stirred in me, perhaps it will have the same effect on you. All I know is that not just in 2014 but hopefully for the rest of my life, I hope to change how I manage my time. I want to take advantage of the time I have to do the things I have always wanted to do even if they are as simple as going for a hike in the snow, spending time with friends around a fire, reading a good book, singing a silly camp song or sharing a cup of coffee with a family member. Even if they are as big as living in a different country, helping an entire community, becoming more confident, standing up for what you believe in, I want to value every moment I can.

What will you do with that time?

If you need help thinking of goals or challenges for 2014 or for life, check out this list of 10 Challenges for the New Year.


I'll leave you with this quote from Kung Fu Panda. Master Oogway puts time in perspective when he says "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present."
Each day is a present, enjoy it, use it, praise God for it!


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