The older that I get, the more I realize that it’s truly imperative to focus on things that really matter. We often waste our precious, finite resources, including our time and energy, on pursuing activities without lasting significance.
Developing chronic illnesses certainly fast-tracked this insight for me. I undoubtedly knew that my overall level of energy would be significantly reduced, on an extended basis.
Consequently, I absolutely had to eliminate participation in those activities that didn’t provide more enduring value and impact. It’s incredibly easy to get sidetracked.
Our society has become so very fast-paced and frenetic. It’s all too easy to spend our time being frantically busy, running from one activity to the next.
In doing so, we frequently forfeit our actual experience of any given activity. We lose the true impact of being in the moment, and actually deeply savoring our experiences.
Developing chronic illnesses has, most unexpectedly, helped me to cut to the chase of what really matters. For this, I am unspeakably grateful.