Time, in terms of how we live; what we have done and plan to do is important to nearly everyone. I came across perhaps the middle of a well worded presentation about Time from Dr. David Jeremiah of the Turning Point organization. I found it to be a well structured, thoughtful, and excellent perspective on Time. As I listened to Mr. Jeremiah’s presentation, I found the perspectives he shared to be rather illuminating.
You can view Dr. Jeremiah’s presentation on time on his website if it is available. If you have the “time” to watch it you may find equally insightful. This is the first time I came across Dr. Jeremiah’s work as I was uncharacteristically up on this morning quickly boring of the New Year’s Mad Men marathon on AMC before a brief spell of early morning channel surfing. Inclined not to waste the Time, I decided to hear what Dr. Jeremiah had to say and found it wholly composed of useful perspectives.
The Time of Our Lives Outline | Adobe PDF 122KB
Time and Living
The most important thing in living life is not wealth, power, or status. It is goodwill and the authentically pleasant relationships between people and with nature that are and will be among the most memorable moments of life. Many of us fall short of our own moral expectations from time to time and we do face disappointments but what moves us forward is goodwill and the grace of others.
Over time, grace and goodwill from certain persons or in situations do run out but then renews again in another form. The perspective of Time in that things emerge, grow, plateau and then decline is important to understand.
With science, we enlist reason to produce inventions and processes that offset decline. This is good and a valuable use of our time and energy. Technology can help us to improve the conditions of life. We should embrace the technological to the extent it improves life and living and learn from it when it does not.
Some of us strive hard to earn more wealth; gain status; and achieve influence and that can benefit us materially. Does having a better house, car, clothes, and resources make us happier? It can support the conditions for happiness and enable us to do more than we would otherwise have the Time to do, but it is our connection with life that produces the greatest happiness.
Time and Circumstance
However, happiness is not the goal of life or of living. Negative emotions, hard situations, disappointments, and losses of various kinds is the price of free will and the freedom to think and act. Being sad, moody, hurt, and in anguish is normal and is a means by which we can learn and grow. We simply do not strive to remain in negativity for long and progress of the constructive kind can, not necessarily always, be when we transition from those low points to higher points in a way that is natural to who we are in which we genuinely learn.
Bad things do happen in life. We do sometimes fail to be honorable. Unwelcome consequences follow some of our actions and sometimes follows from simply living. Those consequences flow from the law of nature in which most of us are not precisely programmed machines but instead are dynamic, acting, creatures of free will with partially predictable tendencies. Even the inanimate, lacking of will, follow in the dynamism of life. Solar flares that shut down power grids, gravity that moves rock on a collision with life and tidal forces that eradicate houses near the shore.
Life is dynamic and the point is to live it, learn, grow, experience emotions and apply reason. Build, revise, and expand while conserving wisely and striving towards the benefit of all. The future is not precise. The ideas of futurists may be informative but what will be will unfold based on the efforts of today as those efforts and ideas evolve over Time. Individual lives may benefit from being as full and prosperous as is reasonable.
What we strive for may not be what we achieve and we each may evolve in certain ways that change our future. Daily. Throughout the process we will live, learn, grow, and understand ourselves and life in ways unknown to us years earlier. During the Time we live we can choose to pursue efforts to enact our will upon others, work more harmoniously or find a balance between our direction and that of the life around us. Our decisions can impact the quality of that Time and lead us into a future better than what we could have planned in detail.
Elements of Time and Life
When we plan our lives and decide those efforts that will make the best use of Time we only have to consider prosperity and fullness of experience in the general sense. Some but not all questions to consider when making use of Time are as follows:
- Have you experienced the world by travel?
- What do you personally know of different cultures?
- Can you live beyond the Golden Rule and would it be right to do so?
- How much do you value your health by how you treat your body?
- Are you expanding your mind in the right way?
- Are there situations that you should avoid and why?
- Who is truly accountable for the errors you make in life?
- Has your life been enriched by literature, art, philosophy, and dialog with smart, articulate individuals?
- When people make mistakes, is it better to punish or to discover a means to eliminate the error?
- When you watch TV, is what you are watching useful to your understanding of yourself and the world?
- Is there something in your mind, talent, or perspective that will be a valuable contribution to the world?
- Are you capable of being better in a given area of life and are you motivated to seek improvement?
- Do you possess the ability to honestly apologize for a mistake or improper statement?
- Are you mentally strong enough to learn from negative situations and then move forward in a healthy way?
- Can you answer the question, in your mind, of why you like what you like, dislike what you do not?
- Do you know the true motivations for why you do what you do?
Use of Time
Conducting an internal dialog like this can be the single most valuable use of Time. Sometimes you need to stop doing and start contemplating. Even as you know more about yourself, that may not always change your instinctive response to situations but you will gain an enlarged capacity for better recognizing yourself in life’s situations. That understanding can be instrumental to maintaining an overall sense of happiness and satisfaction as you interact with life and live life in a better way over Time.
By Michael Gautier