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Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Time


I read an article yesterday that talked about what is important to us and how we spend our time doing things that aren’t important. The article went on to say what you do is what you are.

To a certain degree I agree. I write, I am a writer. I take care of my family, I am a mother. But what do I do that makes me simply a human being? I spend time thinking about what I can do to help others, I try to spend time relaxing and even more time attempting to be inspired by something that I would like to write. I don’t think it’s possible to ever really be doing nothing. Even when we’re playing mindless games or watching crappy television programs, our minds are active.

The article stated also that if we laze around doing useless things then our lives are useless. If we spend all our time working for things we think we need (extras, that is) then we’re probably even worse off, especially if our goal in life is to provide for our family. A family we rarely see.

Anyway, it got me thinking about what I spend my time doing. I often say I’m doing nothing, and it’s true that many days little gets accomplished that I can actually see with my eyes. The dishes pile up, the dusting and vacuuming don’t get done. But in all, my children are happy and I’m pretty content. Sitting with Alex, even if we’re both on our laptops, keeps him happy and avoiding Chris unless he wants something – and then being available to talk to him when he does – makes for a peaceful household. The dishes, the dust, the vacuum cleaner – they don’t really care what I do with my time.

This post is part of SoCS. Find this week’s prompt here and join in!

Badge by: Doobster at Mindful Digressions

Badge by: Doobster at Mindful Digressions

P.S. Here’s the link to the article:

Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

19 thoughts on “Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Time

  1. I know what you mean and often have to remind myself not to worry about the little things or lose focus on what really matters in those special quality-time moments. As they say, when we’re old we won’t have regrets over insignificant tasks we didn’t do; being happy and spending time with loved ones is what we’ll treasure. Thanks for highlighting that here. πŸ™‚


    • I think you hit the nail on the head. Even when we’re “doing nothing” in the same room as the ones we love, it’s the space that matters, not the doing.
      Thanks for your excellent clarification. πŸ™‚


  2. It has to be a personal decision. Everyone is different. To some, playing on laptops in the evening, next to your spouse is a horrible way to spend quality time together. But then again…what makes us happy? I know for me and my spouse, we enjoy evening time tv and most of the time we ARE jumping around online. – Crystal


  3. I think if you are spending your time doing things that make you and/or your family happy, then you are not wasting time. So what if that means playing a game or chatting online for hours… are you happy? That should really be the important question.


  4. Love this. I find that I strive for balance constantly. I could write so much, so very much about halfa dozen points in this blog, but I’ll refrain. Also, es to what callitsonja said.


  5. Who determines if I am wasting my time or not? πŸ™‚ And so what if I am wasting my time? LOL πŸ™‚


    • Some people are sure to judge whether or not you’re wasting your time – only you can decide if you’re happy with it. πŸ™‚ I can’t imagine how discontent I would be if I wasn’t okay with wasting time at least occasionally.

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  6. We all wrestle with the question “am I wasting my time?” I think you got to the answer which is “depends.” Well done.


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