I know. It’s December 22nd.
But I just listened to something very inspiring.
Do you know Matthew Hussey?
He’s new to me. A motivational speaker. With an accent. A charming accent that left me hanging on his every last word. I had the privilege of listening to him on the radio during an otherwise mundane trip to buy half & half. He could talk about dirt and I’d pay attention…
As far as I know, Matthew’s area of expertise focuses on love and matchmaking. However, he discussed several topics this morning.
The most compelling, was the topic of time.
Now let me preface: I’m not a Matthew Hussey groupie. Nor, am I here to lecture you on what to do with your time, how to control it, and blah blah blah. Because really, we’ve heard it all before.
But he got me thinking.
Matthew attempts to debunk a common myth: life is short.
When in fact, life is very long. The problem is that we spend too much time on pointless ventures and pointless people. Thus, shortening the time we think we don’t have.
(my ears perked up like a cat…)
For example, when it comes to money we tend to be frugal. We’ll hem and haw over that extra $1 to give to our server. But when it comes to time, we act like we’re all billionaires. Think about it… When’s the last time someone requested your assistance and you wanted to say no, but didn’t?
We often give our time away. It’s human nature.
That’s not to say everything we do is a waste.
So, I began to analyize my own life….
I caught myself complaining about Christmas. And how I didn’t have an outfit. And how all my clothes are from 1991. Because I just don’t have the time to shop!
Meanwhile, I’ll be the first person to hover over a vat of chicken stock all day before going out to buy a new t-shirt. I will continue to use my 100 year old mascara until my eyelashes fall off. And maybe, just maybe, if I put my phone down and stopped checking Instagram (I find Veuve Clicquot fascinating at the moment) I could finally wrap my gifts in a reasonable amount of time.
Matthew closed his segment with this: give yourself the gift of something small this holiday.
The little things.
Perhaps it’s organizing your closet? Or buying a picture frame for that photo you’ve been meaning to hang. Or maybe it’s hovering over that vat of chicken stock every other week.
Whatever it is, just do it. The small things count.
(I might have a crush on this Matthew guy)
Looking ahead, I’m inspired to conquer the little things. Putting more value in my time. Learning to say no, thank you.
And then I’ll get a new shirt.
Wishing you all a beautiful holiday and happy new year! See you in 2015! ♥