A Net for Catching Days
”How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour and that one is what we are doing. A schedule defends us from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time.” (Annie Dillard)
A few seconds in our lives stand out above the blur of all the rest. Declaring “I Do” to your spouse for life. Signing a contract for the loan for your first home. The clarity of a moment at work where you realize you were made for this. As the cliche reminds us, each day contains 86,400 unique moments to engage the gift that is your life unfolding over a relatively minor period of time within human history. For our family, 11:29am on Monday, March 31st, 2014 contains a moment like this that is forever seared upon the deepest recesses of our souls, as our precious daughter Mia Anne entered the world arms held high.
The rest of our days? According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, they are filled with the depressing realization that we spend a third of our lives sleeping (over 28 years!), 2.5 years grooming ourselves, and most disturbing of all, almost 9 years (!) glued to the growing prevalence of social media invading every empty space in our lives. When all is said and done, in a life that spans almost 80 years, only roughly 1/8th of it actually is somewhat ‘unscheduled,’ free to be defined as we see fit. It’s really no wonder that time has been commodified into a currency, the literal feeling that “time is money.”