Wednesday, November 11, 2009

TWO WEEKS IN RETROSPECT

The past few days have been very hectic.

Like I mentioned in my immediate past post, I have attended a whole lot of meetings; some out of obligation and others out of a sincere need to participate.

In two weeks, I have taken on 2 more ‘demanding’ responsibilities – none of them imposed, both of them by my free will. I have given out in advance a large chunk of my personal time in the next 4 weekends, and I have added a new weekly meeting – at least for this semester and the next.

In two weeks, I have been forcefully reminded of an earlier assertion on this blog, that true time management is not about doing more things in 24 hours; it is about doing the things that really matter in those 24 hours.

I look back over the past two weeks, and I must admit that to a larger extent, life has lived me. I have not lived it! Now that I have managed to escape the noise of the crowd, it hits closer to home that I have not been in control these past two weeks. Philip Larkin could not have been righter!

I have not done all the things I would have loved to do, and I have done a lot that I did not want to do. I have slept too late, only following that I wake up late. I have stabbed classes (just 2 o!), I have turned in assignments late, I have gotten to meetings late – and left early, and I have gotten to meetings early – and left late.

BUT I will not cry over spilt milk. The lessons of the past two weeks are fresh in my mind, and I will trust them to carry me through the next few weeks. I will think twice before I say yes to anyone or anything, and I will not hesitate to ask for more time to think through difficult decisions. I will not try to be everything to everyone at all times, and I will remember to love my neighbour as myself - and not more than.

Think back over the past few days in your own life, maybe the past few weeks. I mean, think deeply about them. Go over the choices you made as to how to spend your time and stuff like that, and then ask yourself: “If I could have those few days again, would I live them the same way”?

If you end up with thoughts similar to those contained in this post, do not worry: you have 100% of your life before you NOW! Make the leap now, and break out of the mould.

Introspection is a powerful thing when used constructively; it can help you to avoid making the same mistakes twice.

Let’s drink a toast, to a better quality of life.

Love y’all.

PS
Alongside a great team of personal development enthusiasts and bloggers, I will be managing a website for a few months (or years) to come: www.scmoau.org. The basic aim of the site is to provide a voice for the ‘nameless’ and ‘faceless’ Christian student across the world, and we also intend to add some value to every visitor. We are still working to revamp the website, as it has been dormant for a while, but it will be up and running soon.

If you are interested in contributing content or stuff like that, you can drop me an email at koyegbeke@gmail.com, or you can find me on facebook.

Peace.

LadeleGbeke

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