To me, one of the scariest questions God can ask me at The Judgement Seat is; “What have you done with the time I gave you?”.
Many years ago I heard James Dobson talk about a study he did involving very old people. He asked about their regrets. I believe he listed four major regrets. I don’t remember three of them. I do recall this one. He mentioned that practically none of them had regrets concerning their careers, money , work, or what they hadn’t achieved. Instead, the number one painful regret came from failures in their relationships, especially with their children, and not spending more time with loved ones.
Q: What have you wasted your time on? Stated another way; if you could live life over, what would you eliminate?
What prompted today’s question? I was on The Dashboard page of TBP, and glanced at this ……. “872,531 items“. Holy shit, that’s a LOT of posts. Being here from pretty much the beginning, I probably read all of them. And then I thought, “Jeebus! I wonder how much time I spent doing that??” Well, if I spent just one minute on each post that’s … ohmigawd, I can’t believe this … 606 DAYS!! Holy shit.
It gets worse. The “Posts” page shows that I’ve submitted 1,098 articles. Holy shit. Most are copy and paste … but, that takes time also. And, some of my original articles have taken me 20 or more hours to produce. I’m not even going to do that math … to effing depressing.
I’ve probably easily spent three full years … like 24 x 365 … of my life on TBP! I’m not saying it was a waste of time! What I’m saying is …. HOLY SHIT!!!!
(Then again, what fucken good have I accomplished? Do NOT answer!!! That’s my rhetorical brain asking myself a rhetorical question. Really.)
Ok ,to answer the question; I spent way way way to much time fixing up my first house. it was a 70 year old house, had it for about three years, and I worked on that thing pretty much every damned weekend and a few days in between. Put a lot of money in it and got none of it back when we sold it. I vowed never to plow big bucks into a house again. For the most part, I kept that vow.
But, the Biggie is Television!!! If I averaged just one measly hour per day — again, a low number — then I’ve watched about 24,455 hours of TV. I’m sorry for repeating myself, but … holy shit!!!
God: “Stucky, what have you done with the time I gave you?”
Me: “I spent 4.7 years on TBP and 24,455 hours watching TV.“
GOD: “HOLY SHIT!!“