“Kids grow up so fast!”
It’s a cliché that is so true It’s been amazing and humbling to watch my son grow and change in his first few months.
His body has gotten bigger, there’s hair on his head, and the way he engages with the world evolves daily. (Based on frequency, he seems pretty excited to have the hand-eye coordination to put his entire fist in his mouth).
But even seeing someone else’s child at intervals can be shocking when you realize how much they’ve changed since the last time you saw them.
Watching the Effects of Time
Time is easy to waste because we can’t see it. It’s not in a jar on the shelf that is slowly emptying. It’s not a stack of dollar bills in our pocket that we throw here and there throughout the day. It’s invisible.
(By the way, research shows that people spend more money when they use a credit card instead of cash. Another example of what happens when we can’t viscerally engage with what we’re exchanging).
So having a kid has been really motivating. Yes, because I want to provide for him and I want to make a better world for him.
But also because I’m reminded daily of the passage of time. Over the course of a few days, he learned how to smile. What did I do during those few days? I’ve got the basics down but that also means I can probably write an article or work on client project a little more fully.
We waste a lot of time on frivolous activities, worries, and distractions.
But that’s because we don’t see the minutes and seconds falling away.
What are you going to do this week?