Most mornings, while I am eating breakfast, I listen to NPR’s Up First podcast. Like they say:
The news you need to start your day.
The biggest stories and ideas – from politics to pop culture – in ten minutes.
The timing for me is just right.
Ten minutes is about the time it takes me to eat my bowl of cereal and drink my cup of coffee.
While I like the podcast (it is more news than Fox and Friends or Morning Joe), it is the ad for the show which caught my attention. In it the announcer lists all the tasks you cram into the limited amount of time you have in the morning.
Get out of bed.
Get ready for work.
Get the children up and off to school.
Get yourself out the door.
And, then this…
All in the time you don’t have.
Here is the truth.
There is only going to be one day in my life when I run out of time. Until then, the time allotted to me is mine to decide how I will use it. I can be busy and run out of time, rushing from this moment to the next. I can push the kids out the door and onto the bus. I can race from here to there and back again. Or, I can be busy, but still pay attention to the moment at hand. To the person in front of me. To the concern that lingers. Looking back, my regrets often have something to do with thinking/imaging I did not have the time.
I wish I could recall and do over some of those moments.
The issue for us is not our busyness.
But how we chose to live in all those busy moments.