Is What We’re Doing Worth the Time and Energy?

Chances are, 50 percent of our daily activities aren’t worth doing:

  • mindlessly scrolling on Facebook
  • watching trivial TV shows
  • randomly searching something on Instagram
  • gossiping and comparing
  • debating and arguing on social media
  • thinking about negative thoughts, and many more.

The truth is, it’s highly possible to eliminate these irrelevant things. That is, if we’re only true to ourselves. But we’re not.

And that’s when the problem starts.

Think about where you want to be. What goals you want to achieve? What art you want to create? How much money you need to support your family and pursue your dreams?

Do you think you can accomplish all of them if you fritter your time and energy?

And what about the books you want to read? The educational/inspiring videos you want to watch. The skills you want to develop. The people you want to build relationships with.

You can’t. Because you’re wasting an incredible amount of time scrolling on Facebook and Instagram, and a lot of time-wasting activities.

I used to believe that we don’t have enough time to do what we love and pursue our dreams.

But over the years, I realized it’s not true at all.

Because when we say that we don’t have time, it simply means we don’t want it bad enough. We don’t really love it. Because if we really do, we will make time for it. We will find a way. We will make it one of our priorities. As the cliché says, “Action speaks louder than words.” Everyone agrees with that.

Some people, though, experience circumstances beyond their control — they’re having a baby, they’re sick or they’re caring a sick loved one, they don’t have freedom because of their parents or culture, and so on. This is when they change priorities. And there’s nothing wrong with that either.

On the other hand, some people are just distracted by other things they forgot what they truly want to achieve or become.

And that’s the sad part of the story.

The other day, a friend asked me if there are times when I get tired playing music. There aren’t (or if there are, I probably forgot)Music brings so much joy to me. I love spending my time and energy making music.

He was once a musician, and he’s trying to get back. I’m happy for him.

Now imagine if you remove — or minimize — all the distractions in your life and channel your time and energy instead into the things that are worth doing. Isn’t that more rewarding?

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Jade Panugan

Some interesting questions about life and human behavior: What if there's no money? Why we often feel the urge to prove that we're right and others are wrong? Why we react to things beyond our control? Why we hate? Why it's hard to be content? I don't have all the answers, do you? Let's chat.