What we do with most of our time shapes the greatness, character and aspirations of our humanity. Neither birthright or inheritance plays such a vital role. We alone have the power to shape our destinies.
Extraordinary people are engaged in extraordinary things. For them, time spent is an investment, as much as it is a monetary and an educational commodity. In whatever we do, we are meant to derive some benefit. So, it’s up to us to ensure that the dividend we receive makes us better, healthier, wealthier, and smarter.
Those who are ordinary and less educated or affluent, however, strive for distraction from their experience. They deliberately attempt to balance or compensate for hectic, dead-end jobs with equally mind-numbing, toxic and parasitic endeavors.
While the mind and body require leisure and entertainment, too much of the same can cause us to become lazy, immature, disengaged, oblivious, numb and eventually ill-informed to the realities of the world. All this too becomes the fuel that drives the engine of procrastination.
We make excuses to ultimately engage and specialize in nothing. We tune in and tune out, and nothing worthwhile is ever addressed or completed.
Entertainment, at the least, or activities during our leisure time, must have a dual purpose. And that other purpose is enrichment. We must ask ourselves in all we do, how does this benefit us, or is it just a balm against our boredom?
The more purposeful we become in how we spend our time, the more purpose-filled our lives become. Suddenly, we are more likely to achieve our goals since we are now constantly working towards them. Most of all, time no longer stands as our enemy, but as our ally.
For example, when we dine, are we eating to live, or living to eat? Food should not only satisfy our appetites, but rather sustain a healthier lifestyle, and support the time, and effort we are already dedicating to our exercise regimen and the physical result we desire.
During our commute, are we listening to the radio simply for entertainment, or are we listening to podcasts for our education and personal development? What we listen to should inform or teach us something useful and relevant to help us to navigate each aspect of our lives.
As for our evenings and weekends, are they dedicated to hanging in nightclubs or attending networking receptions? The way we socialize and whom we socialize with should offer the potential and opportunity for meaningful relationships, whether they be to enrich our personal lives, or to support our professional ones.
People positioned for greatness know what they want from their lives, and those who don’t, will potentially achieve just that.
2018 © Eric Christopher Webb
The Words By Webb blog distributes a weekly quotation and reflection every Tuesday from National Black Authors Tour bestselling author and multi-talented writer Eric Christopher Webb (E.WEBB?!) to inspire, motivate and encourage personal development of its readers. The blog also regularly shares news, updates, new poetry and excerpts of the writer’s latest work. Webb, a spoken word artist, former Washington News Correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and nationally-syndicated Soul Searching columnist, has also been featured in movies, music videos, commercials and literary documentaries on HBO, BET Weekend’s Evening of Spoken Word, BET’s Rap City, Video Jukebox, The Party Machine, The Learning Channel, Voice of America and XM Radio. He is the author of five books, including "The Garvey Protocol: Inspired By True Events," a 2013 Phillis Wheatley Book Award Finalist for First Fiction and the National Black Authors Tour bestseller, "Love Letters, Death Threats & Suicide Notes." He has also contributed to numerous anthologies, journals and magazines.
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