JM’s Journal: Are You Using Your Skills to Create?

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JM’s Journal: Are You Using Your Skills to Create?

Or Do You Consistently Waste Time?

by J.M. Troppello

Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” – Bil Keane

Time is a Gift

The older I get, the more I realize that time is so precious.

Time is a gift. You can either use your skills to become a creator or you can waste time. Which one are you doing?

I admit, sometimes I waste time. I don’t want to, but it happens. However, mostly I like to keep busy. I want to create something. I think that’s why I love writing so much.

However, I also want to create things that last.

That’s why I have come to value time with people as precious. I don’t know how much time I have left on this Earth—no one knows one minute from the next—so I want to use every second, minute, and hour wisely.

No Longer Wasting Time

In my own life, I’ve recently started reviewing how much time I’ve been wasting on aimless activities like scrolling through social media newsfeeds or overanalyzing things.

“Time is the coin of life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” – Carl Sandburg

Wasting time means I am not creating as much as I should be creating.

Once I realized that I was wasting too much time on things that didn’t matter, it opened my eyes to see that as long as I have breath, I have a purpose to keep creating.

Focus on the Important Things

I’ve made a concerted effort to start truly being in the moment no matter where I am. Even if I’m simply walking down our long driveway just checking the mail, I want to be in the moment. Breathe in the air—which is now getting crisp up here in the Northeast with Fall weather in full force.

I’ve made every effort to enjoy the moments I get to spend with family, whether I see my parents at church on Sunday, or get to spend time with my nieces who live next door to my husband and me with their mom, my sister.

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.” – Cesare Pavese

Get busy creating special moments with others in your life. Don’t have any regrets.

Become a Creator Today

Life is precious.

Take the time to slow down and enjoy it.

One thing I am really focusing on lately is other people—trying to love others more. I want to be more compassionate and open to hearing what people are truly saying. I want to become more giving and not as selfish. I hope to continue to grow and develop into a better human.

It’s not easy. I’m failing often in this area. But I’m continuing to try each day.

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

Keep hope alive. Make an effort to love one another. Continue to create and focus on what really matters.

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About the Author

JM Troppello in Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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