Add or Subtract?

I wonder what it is about  wasting time that to me is scary.  So valuable, yet so easily wasted, so easily slipping through my fingers.  I did an inventory and realized that daily there are some things I want to include, and some things that I want to avoid.

time 3Recently I complained to my uncle Ken that I didn’t feel as productive as I felt I should be. He replied that retirement meant I didn’t have to be as productive any more.

That made me feel better but I knew that when I had looked forward to retirement, I had looked forward to doing things.  Some things are less visible certainly, like the time I spend memorizing a poem, or reading for relaxation.

Certainly time enjoyed is not always wasted time, it it? In my opinion, balancing active and inactive time usage is my goal, as both have value.

Maybe the real test is how you feel.  After you complete an activity, are you glad to invested some of your life in that activity? If you do, then all is good and well, you have no problem.

time 4At the end of the day,  I have to have something to point to that I accomplished. I did this, I did that. Every day I do try to balance all types of uses of time. I wrote some letters a week ago, and got cards in the mail for Easter,  I worked in the yard (alot) and also managed to grocery shop and make some meals. I also read another Hamish novel by M.C. Beaton which I thoroughly enjoyed “Death of a Policeman“.

Perhaps for me, it is what I try to add each day, and what I try to subtract.  I want to subtract my personal black hole of time; television, or at least daytime tv. I have to subtract daytime tv, as I usually regret the waste of time.

Reading is something I add in every day. I have read a ton of library books in my life and certainly reading as a result is a comfortable and pleasurable activity for me, and even enlightening. Reading will always be a part of my lifestyle, and so are libraries.

I am adding into my life; Exercise of all shapes and persuasions (whether walking or riding or whatever, as long as I am moving my limbs it counts),  cooking, cleaning, stretching, walking to the store, it’s all good and while I’m doing it my blood pumps and I am free to imagine, and think.

I am adding cooking into my life, and not only am I eating better but I also enjoy the creative side to it.

If you did an inventory of your day

  •  what would you add? write more or read more, or ?
  • what would you subtract? 
  • Are there any holes in the sidewalk  that you are falling into,  and would like to walk around in the future?

Thanks for reading!  If you love dogs, you will love the video. 🙂 





About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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