I was reading an article the other day and it made me think about the amount of time we devote to the various processes we experience in life. First we are born with essentially nothing. Then we spend a great deal of time trying to get something (i.e. an education, a job, a house, money, relationships, other stuff, etc.). Next, we spend time trying to keep the stuff we get. Time is spent maintaining it, using it, storing it, nurturing it, growing it. Finally, one day, it’s all gone and we end up with nothing once again.
Where and how we choose to devote our time in this process are the factors that make up our life and what makes each of us unique. Those who seem most content seem to have a good grasp and control of each step of the process. While those that seem less content, may hit a roadblock or devote an inordinate amount of time to a particular part of the process. For example, an individual may spend years getting educated in a field that offers little chance of gainful employment. Or one may work very hard building a family then lets relationships slip away because of the unbalanced amount of time being devoted to work. Others spend much time trying to get something and then do nothing meaningful with it once they have it in hand. Some choose not to accumulate much, but instead make the best use of what they have and enjoy the simple pleasures life offers. Speaking of simple pleasures, the following link provides some links to good articles that discuss living simply. https://www.becomingminimalist.com/inspiring-simplicity-0719/
It’s interesting to think about any aspect of your life in these terms and examine what’s in balance and what is out of balance. Complexity is added to the process because everything is in motion and constantly changing so all these things require constant vigilance and rebalancing. What worked well or was acceptable 10 years ago many now no longer be.
We all start with nothing and end with nothing but the decisions we make and the choices of how we use our time is what makes the difference.