On owning your time

How much of your time is yours? Seneca asks this question as a measuring stick of whether or not you are living a life worth living. Many men have gone their whole lives without living a moment for or with themselves. Yes, some of them have managed to avoid the dangers of downtime and fill their days with edifying activity. Some of those have still failed! Their business was good, but they did it to please others and live up to an external expectation. Not one fueled by philosophy or moral good, but by others.

How foolish can you be? Everyone else’s expectations for your life will guide you, rather than your own introspection and reflection with your God? If you are at the whim of other people (who are less introspective and reflective in the first place), you are on shaky ground. Ground that will collapse when their hearts have wandered to another distraction. Suddenly, you are no longer relevant, and even the things you once stood for are no longer attractive. You lived a life for others and never stopped to ask how this was right for you. Don’t give others what they want without reason, and you will own more and more of your time.