Is your life full and busy? If you’re like me, maybe it is TOO busy. Sometimes I fill my life so full doing things I think I SHOULD do, I don’t have time for the things I WANT to do, even if some of those things are important. It seems that I have a thousand deadlines to meet, and too often I can’t find enough time to write, I skip my exercise routine, or I neglect uninterrupted time spent solitude and meditation.
But it helps to remember a story about a young girl and her bank.
The little girl’s father had just given her a silver dollar to put into her bank. She excitedly ran off to her room to “deposit” the coin. However, in a few minutes she returned and handed the silver coin back to her father.
“Daddy,” she said sadly, “here’s your dollar back. I can’t get it into my bank.”
“Why not?” her concerned father asked.
“It’s too full,” she said, obviously disappointed.
Her father accompanied her back to her room and, sure enough, her bank was too full to accept even one more coin. It was stuffed with pennies.
If your life ever like that bank? So full of errands, obligations and activities of no lasting value, that there simply is no room left for what is truly important – the silver dollars?
Author Grenville Kleiser once said, “To live at this time is an inestimable privilege, and a sacred obligation devolves upon you to make right use of your opportunities. Today is the day in which to attempt and achieve something worthwhile.”
Have you made room for a few large coins in your bank; for something you believe to be worthwhile? If not, you may have to take out a few pennies, but I suspect you will never know they are gone.
-- Steve Goodier