Time.

Daily we decide where to invest our time. Perhaps you spend many hours at work, a few hours at the gym, a bit with friends, working on hobbies, or some time alone. Each of us has a day that is broken up between twenty-four hours, between the hours of sunshine and darkness. We choose where to put ourselves during these hours and who we will invest our time with and the activities we pursue.

Many of us are required to work to cover our day to day expenses or the cost of living. The hours we spend at work are what we choose to make of them, you might have a job that some look down at but it might be the right fit for you. Each of us can be happy at what we do each day, even if it isn’t our life passion we can still show up with a good attitude and a willingness to accomplish our tasks. This makes our hours spent working less of a drag on our personal lives, and us less of a negative well for others to feed off in their own struggles with life. Recognize that a good attitude will bring about better opportunities and better days.

Time spent with other people can make or break our days. We have routines that are built around the lives of others, we might look forward to seeing someone at work, after work, when we get home, or tomorrow at 11 am sharp for brunch. These plans with others can increase our overall life satisfaction and help us to find a better way of living. Lives are better when we have others to support and those who can support us. Friendships allow for happiness, sadness, misunderstandings, and collaborations. Life with others can test us, break us, and build us into better folk who can be better friends when the occasion arises.

Wherever you should decide to spend your time do so wisely. Invest in real opportunities building better experiences for yourself and others. Find yourself being the best friend you can be to others but most of all be a friend to yourself.

Time.

Being a bit of a nerd I held off a while month before dropping a Lord of the Rings reference, so here is one that truly sucks out to me as something to think on. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’” – Gandalf to Frodo in the fellowship of the ring. I think about time often, because I never feel that I have enough of it. I’m always feeling if I had more time I could do _____. If only that extra time was available to me right? I’d never miss out on anything I wanted again. Not so.

We are all handed the same amount of time each day. 24 hours a day, a few hours to sleep, a few hours for work, a few hours of to do’s, and never enough time for recreation. As busy people are handed the balancing act of trying to figure out where to invest our time. We are required to choose what we value most, choosing one thing over another can be terrifying because we’re afraid to hurt the feelings of others based around choosing one thing over another.

As something we all experience we can admit the balancing act is difficult, we know that choosing one thing over another could mean missing out on the little things. Those little moments we share with others are key to keeping relationships alive and healthy so choosing the relationships to maintain can be a challenge of monumental proportions. Choose wisely who you spend your times with, trusting your relationships to benefit both parties in the friendship.

Don’t be afraid to be open and honest with others about the health of your friendship, it can be hard to admit that your bonds aren’t as strong as they once were. Knowing where you stand in any relationship is vital for your own health and wellness too.