What Do You Do With Your Time?

Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’

Into the future

Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’

Into the future

Steve Miller Band

I was listening to Seth Godin this morning while I was doing my wind sprints and walking around the ponds here in northern Illinois. He reminded me of something I’ve often thought about.

Technology was supposed to make us productive. Why? So that we wouldn’t have to work so many hours to make sufficient income. Why? So that we’d have more “free” time.

It did make us more productive. So, what do we do with our time?

Research into people’s behavior shows that we—watch more Netflix, spend more time with the TV, spend hours on social media. In other words, our time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’…

Between moving to a new state and the pandemic, I have lost all the old services I used to do—teaching Bible, teaching Yoga, serving on nonprofit boards. It’s been hard picking up. I tried with a new church, but there was no place for someone like me.

On the other hand, I’ve read more deeply into some good books. I’m currently 327 pages into a 981-page novel by David Foster Wallace called Infinite Jest. Supposedly the book “everyone” says they have read, but few actually have. I view that as a challenge. This guy is incredibly observant of people and culture. That helps sharpen my own observational skills.

I am still writing two blogs and keeping up with technology. But I have time to workout. Read. See more of the family up here.

What about you? What are you doing with your free time? How many hours do you spend with a screen? What could you do that would be more healthful and of service? Take a walk in nature? Read a good book? Maybe read a great book again? Set aside a little more time for meditation and prayer? Call a friend?

The Steve Miller Band in the next verse said “I want to fly like an eagle.” Just soaring on the air currents. Watching. Observing. Getting an occasional meal. Enjoying the freedom. Reminds me of Isaiah, “Those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength.⁣ They will soar high on wings like eagles.” Just taking pleasure in being.

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