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“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”  – Denis Waitley

I came across this quote, and it felt so appropriate as we turned back the clocks for daylight savings time last night.  This morning felt as if time really were on our side, as we had a wonderfully relaxing morning as a family.

Usually this is NOT the case, as I hear this fast “Tick, tick, tick, tick” coming from a gear toy magnet on our refrigerator. Much to my annoyance, my kids frequently turn on when I’m making dinner. It stresses me out, reminding me that dinner is not cooking fast enough, and my kiddos are HUNGRY and CRABBY!  AHH!!

Tick. Tick. Tick…time can seem to slip away, such as this past week, as I neglected to MAKE time to write a blog post.  I HAD grand plans, thinking of a few topics that might be fitting around Halloween time, but between interviews (yes, multiple interviews!), some consulting work, and the usual kid and home routine, it just didn’t happen.

Time really is a gift, and probably the most precious commodity above all other things!  I realize that now as a parent more than ever.  Just 15 minutes of my own time or my beloved QUIET TIME feels like such a treat.  I can’t believe how much I can get done when I am uninterrupted.  It’s awesome! Parenting truly hones your time management skills like nothing else, making you focus on just one to two things you want to accomplish today.  Yesterday, we conquered going to the grocery store.  Hurray!

Many of my posts seem to have a CARPE DIEM message to them, and this one can’t help but also share that same message. In the past two days I finished reading SWIM by Bill Coon, an inspiring story about his own life – a heart transplant at 21 days old and a heart and kidney transplant at 20 years old.  His ability to keep believing as precious time ticked away, waiting for a matching donor, was incredibly impressive and definitely helps puts life in perspective.  Gratitude for the time that you’re given and the ability to be present and embrace the little things are so important. Be thankful for today and make it a great one!