Time waits for no one. We all have the same 24 hours or 1,440 minutes every day. It is how we spend our allotted time that makes a difference.
The kids are grown and we are retired. We have all the time in the world, but each day can go by like water slipping through my fingers – leaving me with feelings of regret. Now that we are scheduling what we want to do, we are able to add more to our days.
I remember when the boys were little and Steve and I flew around in the morning to get the boys ready for school and ourselves ready for work. Then there was the reverse at night as we shared dinner and talked about the day’s events. Life was good and we all survived.
Steve’s mother was a working mother too. She was a fabulous lady, one of the finest people I have ever known. One night, after a particularly trying day at the office, she and I were talking. She shared some wisdom with me. She said to me, “You may have a high prestige job at the office while I work at the ‘paper mill’ but I bet I am happier than you at my job.” I asked her why she said that.
She said my job “at the office” was a continual day of problems or challenges to be met. Her day “at the paper mill” was always the same function – guiding the paper towels into the plastic sleeve. She didn’t even have to think about it.
What she did think about was tonight’s dinner. Mom was a gourmet cook and every meal she served was outstanding. While she was working, she planned her meals. She knew what meat would go best with what vegetable and side dish. She remembered the latest recipe she had seen on the food channel. She told me she spent most of her day daydreaming about food and how she would prepare it. This was all done while she was getting paid to do manual labor.
Fast forward to now when Steve and I are retired. We have a happy life together, but we don’t exercise as much as we should because we don’t have enough time – until now.
When we became aware of Pokemon Go in July of this year, it was a great diversion from the political scene. Steve and I have been and always will be political junkies, but we do not fight over politics with our family, friends or neighbors. Pokemon Go provided a whole other topic of conversation.
When we first started playing Pokemon Go, we went out when we had time, but now we play every day because we have made it part of our life. We have shifted our use of time.
Pokemon Go has become an important part of our day, because it requires walking outside. We go to Poke Stops in various parks in the city. The walking is also part of Steve’s diet plan. Walking with a purpose takes the drudgery out of the demand to get those 10,000 steps every day.
We have met nice people at the parks on their quest for Pokemon. Steve and I are happy to see so many people out walking and enjoying nature like we are.
When we go to bed at night, I don’t have the old regrets of having “wasted the day” and getting nothing done. One can really do a lot in one day if the task is planned and put into a schedule.
Mom Pop Pow – Where You Can Do It If You Try
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