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Yet another year has begun. Some have made resolutions and set goals. Many have not. What are your expectations? What are your plans? If you are fortunate enough to live through this entire year, what would you like to have to show for it?
Regardless of what you did with it, 2016 has come and gone. 12 months gone, just like that. 52 weeks passed. 366 days flew by whether you and I were paying attention or not. We each had the same 8,784 hours; the same 527,040 minutes. What did you do with your time last year? What will you do with your time this year?
Our cultural lexicon is awash with sayings about time. “We are running late.” “I ran out of time.” “Time waits for no one.” “I just need a little more time.” “We were out killing time.” “It was a stitch in time.” “The time is always now.” “Time flies.” But what does it all mean and more importantly, what does it all mean to you?
Some will spend this year in a prison of sorts – whether physical or mental. Some will invest time and some will kill time all the while time is actually killing them. Some will reap the benefits of time as they earn degrees, increase investments, make beautiful memories and so on. What have you decided to do with your time this year? Every seed planted needs time. You and I need time to manifest ourselves. Remember that indecision is also a decision.
Most of us have a love/hate relationship with time. Sometimes we love time like when we are soon to be reunited with loved ones and the hours are racing by. At other times, we hate time like when we are looking forward to the end of a tough work day and the seconds seem to be crawling. Albert Einstein wrote, “Time is an illusion.” Perhaps, but it is an illusion that wields a lot of power.
Time is a gift. I love my time with my husband, children and loved ones. Time is a thief; stealing my hopes and dreams, cutting short the lives of my unborn children, threatening to run out on the cusp of my greatness.
Time is an emotion. It makes me happy when it lingers in the midst of a pleasant task. It saddens and angers me with missed deadlines and delays.
Time is a healer. It has buffed my sorrows and soothed my pain. Time is hope. It’s how I cope believing one day, in time, it will all be better. Time is a memory; a collection of experiences etched in my mind to which I return time after time.
Time is illusive. A stinking tease, sometimes racing and at other times crawling and then even sometimes standing still. Time is a friend, and also an enemy. It is always with me and yet cares not what I think and mostly suits itself.
Time is a wealth builder. Oh yes, it is. $5 today, a million tomorrow just because of time. Time is life. It is the currency by which we live and die. Time’s up and your dead.
Time is love and time is hate. I give/spend/invest my time in whom I love and I deny it to whom I have little regard, despise or hate. Time is everything and nothing at all, for a thousand years to me is merely a blink to God. Time is what you make of it while it is making you.
Henry Ford famously noted, “It’s been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.” Will you be getting ahead in the time you have? Philosopher Arthur Shoppenhauer stated, “The common man is not concerned about the passage of time, the man of talent is driven by it.” What is your relationship with time?
This year, I am being more intentional with time than I have ever been. I am investing it, living in the present of each moment, planning for the future, while attempting to maximize and savor my present. I am letting go of the anger, fear and disappointment from past failures because it makes no sense to cry over lost time and opportunities. What will you do with your time, this year? See it as the gift it is. Put it to great use. Happy New Year!
Aya Fubara Eneli is a best-selling author, Christian Life Coach, Motivational Speaker and Attorney. Join Aya for a unique 90 Days to Your Abundant Life online program for women. For more information, e-mail her at info@ayaeneli.com.

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