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Time Is All We Have

Written by Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade, Community blogger | May 4, 2013 7:56 PM

My friend quit her 2nd job because it was taking a toll on her health and extra money isn't worth it. My husband went out of retirement to work part-time for awhile because he missed feeling productive in the manner of earning a paycheck. I love working part-time because I feel privileged to work and still have free time. We set up our yard for summer in the beautiful weather today. I rode my bike, ran and walked. I talked with friends. Life is short. Time is all we have. It's so wonderful to enjoy the day.

Even people who don't have these choices can make sure that they use their time as well as possible. If a family member is ill, then, at least, let the caretaker enjoy time with their loved one, enjoy the support of family and friends, find a bit of entertainment in one way or another, whether it's reading a book, watching a movie, hanging with a friend or enjoying some scenery.People aren't always careful not to waste precious time doing more chores than necessary, earning more money than they need, worrying about everything that doesn't matter, sucking up to people who don't care about them, and learning things they'll soon forget. Again, time is all we have. Let's use it wisely.

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