You know your life is busy when you take a day off to clean. My plan for today was to sleep in a little (as in 7:30 a.m. instead of 6:00 a.m.), turn in paperwork for my home care job, then catch up on housework and laundry until early evening, when I would go to see one of my clients. I’m great at taking care of other people’s houses, but when I get home, I can think of a million things I’d rather do than housework.

Instead, I’ll be spending the afternoon with my oldest client, who passed her 100th birthday several years ago. I was privileged to attend her birthday party this summer and heard so many stories about the things she’s done in her long life. She’s left a mark on the world and is surrounded by people who love and respect her.

Sometimes I feel like I should “know better” or “be smarter” by now. Other times, I look at the students I teach and realize that I could be their mother, without having been a teenager myself when they were born. Then, I spend time with someone like my client, who reminds me how much time I still have left.

Sometimes I hear people say, “Life is too short to ___________.” This is sometimes true. I also believe, “Life is too long to live it without joy or purpose.”

What are we doing with the time we have?


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