Making Your 1,440 Minutes Meaningful Before They Are a Memory
In one of my previous messages, I spoke about the importance of the 1,440 minutes that we are gifted every day. What we do with those minutes influences the path our lives take, the quality of the life that we lead, and the satisfaction we have had with those minutes when we reach our final years. We only get one chance to take advantage of the next minute that comes our way. Once that minute is gone, there is no ability to alter it, but rather regret it or bask in the knowledge that we have done the most that we could to make it meaningful.
So many times in our lives we find ourselves at a decisional crossroad. This often requires split second action because of the situation, while other times we are allowed the opportunity for long range planning. No matter what opportunity with which we are faced to affect one of those 1,440 minutes, when the minute is gone it is no longer retrievable. That is the reason that making the most of every minute we are gifted in life is so important.
Throughout my life I have made good and bad decisions. I have always tried to use the bad decisions as building blocks for better future decisions and capitalized on good decisions to drive me to the next step to make life even better. That doesn’t mean that bad decisions don’t get repeated, they often get altered until I finally reach the ultimate change that I was seeking. As most people, I do ponder those minutes of the past that could have altered the path that I was trying to take and failed, but sometimes the things that I would have missed while walking that path to that which I would have desired would have been disappointing. I also learned that it is most important to focus on the future minutes that you have the ability to change that could ultimately make life better.
Finally, the thing that I regret most is not taking advantage of those opportunities that presented themselves to affect my next minutes when I had the opportunity. Fear, inability to make a decision, lack of self confidence and simply being human, created the barrier that I was unable to overcome. We understand this less in our younger years, but it becomes much more clear as we age. The importance of living each and every gift minute that we are given to the fullest is ultimately what makes life meaningful and wonderful. Understanding the value of a minute before it becomes a memory is one of the most important tasks of all.