I often visit my mother at the Ihlati Senior Living centre, where she lives in Primrose. The thing that astounds me the most about everyone I speak to whilst there, is that none of them wish they had spent more time at work, or growing their fortunes. Without exception, every single one of the folks in their twilight years, wishes they had done more with their families, visited the countryside more, looked after their health and done more good for their communities. The general consensus from these people, who are nearing the end of this physical experience, is that they regret the things that they did not do, a lot more than the things that they did do.

Dare to live and learn from the wisdom of these wonderful people, who have gone before you. Do not reach the end of this physical experience, with the same regrets. Make the most of every moment and stop wasting time doing all the things that really won’t matter later on. Choose to finally see what really matters to you; now while you can still enjoy them. Find creative ways to make as much time available to do all the really important things. The things, which really matter.

Look after your Health
We are so bogged down in all the clutter, stress and unnecessary urgency all around us, that we neglect our health. Your health is like a fine porcelain bowl. Drop it and it shatters. Yes you can glue it back together, but it will never be the same again. Invest time to exercise and watch what you put into your mouth. Once you are lying in hospital, trying to recover from a triple heart bypass operation, the damage is already done. Take control today and take care of the one thing you cannot replace, namely your body and health.

The choices you make every day about your health will stay with you forever. No one else is going to take care of it for you. The local health club is never going to send you an email insisting that you show up for your 30 minute workout each day. Your bathroom scale is not going to shout at you every morning, demanding that you lose that extra 15 kg you are carrying around with you. The grocery clerk at the counter of your local grocery store, is never going to insist that you put all the junk food back on the shelves. Nor is the local fast food restaurant, going to refuse to serve you a large fatty burger and chips, because you have really high cholesterol. It is all up to you.

Make time for yourself
Unless you schedule time into your diary to rest, recover, rejuvenate and invest with your family. Your life will continue to fly past in a whirl of constant busyness and dissatisfaction. You owe it to yourself and those nearest and dearest to you, to make time to live and to love. Stop allowing urgency to drive your life experience, choose to allow yourself to see the roses and beauty all around. I have never received a subpoena from the mountains or the ocean, insisting that I take some crucial time off from the hamster wheel of constant interruption, busyness and stress, to appear for some much needed relaxation and solitude. It is all up to you how the rest of your life will unfold. Is it going to continue in a whirl of dissatisfaction or are you going to invest time to make things better.

Make time to Help Others
There is no better and more satisfying activity than giving freely to inspiration. Allow yourself to slow down, take a breath and try to find something bigger than yourself to focus on. When you pause long enough to see others around you and you commit to support and inspire them to uplift themselves, you will truly begin to feel true joy and discover meaning and fulfilment.

Focus on what is Really Important
There are constantly things, which distract us and are begging for our attention all the time. Dare to slow down a little and take a longer term view of your life. Stop seeking pleasure in the moment and focus on growing and becoming. There is no greater investment you can make of either your time or resources, than is found when you work to advance your education or improve your life skills. How you choose to invest into your growth is also up to you. The local university does not call every day to remind you to read books, listen to audio books or attend life changing seminars. It is up to you to make the right choices.

Avoid the Urgent and Do what is Important
Make a conscious decision today to wrestle back control of your life once again. It is up to you to stop responding and giving your all to the constant barrage of urgency, which pervades and to finally make time to give to the important things in life. Invest the time to equip yourself to be able to tell the difference between the two and commit to allocate the correct amount of time to each, so that you can finally invite meaning into your experience.

Action Idea: Starting right now and throughout every day going forward, stop and ask yourself this question “Is what I am doing right now important to my health, well-being and mission in life and does it serve me and my loved ones”? If you cannot answer yes to this question, then it is time to make some really important changes in your life.

Author's Bio: 

Hi my name is Andrew Horton; I am an inspirational Speaker, Master Teacher, Radio and TV Host, Global Traveler and Author. My area of focus is in the field of human behavior, expanded awareness and enlightenment. I travel the planet constantly researching, learning and seeking ways to unlock the mysteries of the human mind. I delve into the inner workings of the universe, always looking for ways to understand my role in making things better and contributing to the improvement of the human experience. Please visit my website to sign up for a daily inspirational message, by following this link Daily Inspirational Message. This is your daily call to action, a reminder to do things better each day. Visit my website at http://www.andrewhorton.co.za