“Time is the most valuable thing that we have, because it is the most irrevocable, the thought of any lost time troubles us whenever we look back. Time lost is time in which we have failed to live a full human life, gain experience, learn, create, enjoy and suffer; it is time that has not been filled up, but left empty.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
After reading the opening pages of Letters and Papers from Prison, I found myself rereading the profound words of its author, Dietrick Bonhoeffer. “Time is the most valuable thing that we have, because it is the most irrevocable. Time lost is time in which we have failed to live a full human life… it is time that has not been filled up, but left empty.”
I wondered, how many blank empty pages were there in my story of 2017? Like many of you, I have been reflecting on the year gone by; the time spent, what I learned, the many blessings I received, and the opportunities I was given. Had I lost too much precious, irrevocable time because I did not step up and take the opportunities that were laid before me?
Surely each of us wants to end each passing year by saying that indeed this year we lived a full human life. And yet our actions might have others think we chose to waste away our days; preferring instead to live only a partially full human life.
Could it be that we are too afraid to live the full human life? After all it requires courage; does it not? Are we not bold enough? Or is it simply that we just walk through our days not paying attention?
Or is the undeniable truth that we are just too lazy? After all, it’s easier to live only a half full human life, is it not? Have we been whiling away too many hours staring at our cell phones and computers, curled up on comfy sofas, glued to the ‘boob tube’ and just pretending to be a full on participant in life?
As we begin thinking ahead to our plans for 2018, and how we intend to spend our valuable, irrevocable time; why not focus our thoughts on what it would take to live a full human life?
Have you got some ideas that might help lead the rest of us to finding our way? What does living a full human life look like to you?
(Why not start your year off boldly by posting your reply at the bottom of the page: Just include your name, email, and post)