Time – the greatest gift you got this year?

In Uncategorizedby Judith Wardell

What’s become of all the gifts you received this Christmas time? We don’t always appreciate or make good use of the things we receive. If what you really wanted this year was more time then follow my 4 simple tips for how to treasure the gift of increased longevity.

First, let’s think about what’s happened now that you have unwrapped all those beautiful boxes…

Which gift is your most treasured?

A present that you have wished and hoped for. Something which is really useful. Something you just love because it makes you feel good or makes you smile?

Which gift has already been stored away in the cupboard?

Perhaps never to be worn because you are not really sure it fits or suits you. Something which seems to have no useful purpose. Perhaps something you are a bit embarrassed about having out on show.

Which gift are you saving for best or for later?

 A precious thing that you will wear or bring out on special occasions; afraid that you might use it up too quickly or break it. Something you will think about and use every now again; something for the future but not much use right now.

Which gift have you already re-gifted to someone else?

Something you didn’t quite know what to do with so you gave it away. Something you thought someone else could make better use of. Something you felt didn’t look or feel right on you so you passed it on.

Which gift did you really need?

Surely this is the gift of more time.

All around me I hear people saying they haven’t got enough time. Diaries so busy that there’s no time to fit in a conversation. Emails and phone calls unanswered because there was not enough time to get around to it. Social media full of people busy doing amazing things but no time to call and say hello. And often no ‘me time’ or time to just relax and recharge the batteries.

People say the years are flying by. We can’t believe how we got to be so old. How the children have grown up so fast. We can’t stop time moving on and there never seems to be enough of it.

The gift of longer life

The amazing truth is that we have been given the gift of time. We can never know what’s around the corner but on average, life expectancy has been increasing steadily over our lifetime. Thanks to medical advances and lifestyle changes, life expectancy has increased by 10 years over the last century.

Every year you have received a gift of 36 extra days. If you are 60 today, you have a 50% chance of making it to 90 or more. Your children have a 50% chance of making it to 104!

So you have been given the gift you most wanted. Are you treasuring the gift of time or has it suffered the fate of those other gifts that remain neglected, underused or cast aside?

Here are my 4 tips for making sure time becomes your most treasured gift this year

1.Don’t put time away in the cupboard and forget about it

Celebrate and appreciate your gift. Worrying about getting older and putting off making plans for the future is a waste of precious time. Find a purpose for those extra years and use them well. Use it or lose it!

2.Don’t save time for best

Time is a precious gift but it needs to be well used every day. Don’t be afraid to take time out to do the things you have always wanted to do. Find new ways to fulfill your potential. Make sure you spend your time right now on the things that are important to you. What are you waiting for?

3.Re-gift time with care

How much of your time do you give up to other people by saying yes to the demands they place on you. How much time do you give up by doing the ‘shoulds’ rather than what you would like to do? 

Share your time with people who appreciate how precious your gift is. Learn to say no if you feel your time is not being spent well. Don’t be afraid to keep some time for yourself and use it to do the things that keep you happy and healthy.

And finally…

4.Make your presence your presents

Why not make time the next gift that you give to your friends and family. In a world of so much stuff we could all do with some quality time together. Remind those around you that we have the gift of time is one that should be truly treasured.

 

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