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Due to some recent circumstances, I’ve become more aware than ever of how I spend my time.

I’ll just say this upfront.  Technology has made time one of the cheapest things in life.

As a matter of fact, many give their time for free.  Not to volunteer or to be of service, but many give their time to social media, television, and anything else that can be viewed on an electronic device and receive absolutely nothing in exchange.

Multitasking is a myth.  We have become a culture that prides itself on doing too much work, juggling too many things, and neglecting the things that should be most important.

Paying attention has a price.  I’ll use my son as an example. I want to spend uninterrupted time with him.  That costs me time to work, hang out with friends, watch television, and more.  The question I have to answer is, Is that uninterrupted time worth the price.

I didn’t even realize, until recently, how much I was blowing my attention on things that weren’t worth the price tag.  As I’ve worked to do better at focusing on one thing at a time and one person at a time, it becomes more apparent how disconnected we all are to the people who are right in front of our faces.

I find that others are so far inundated with the price they are paying, they don’t realize the debt they are on their time.

This saddens me.  I want the world to be more conscious of the time we spend.

You don’t get a receipt or a refund on time.  There is no taking it back.

How much are you willing to pay for time with your spouse, family, job, friends, parents?


Jacqui Jones

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