The Time of Your Life
by Jim Stovall

I remember the first time I spoke with someone who was over 100 years old. As a young person at that time, it was hard for me to conceive of a century of life. When I asked this centenarian what they found most surprising after living 100 years, the response amazed me then as it does now. "I am most surprised about how fast the time flew by."

Each day, week, month, and year, time seems to compress. We have more distractions competing for our precious minutes each day; therefore, it is more important than ever that we take control of the time of our lives.

I am in a bi-monthly accountability group with two other individuals who share my philosophies on life and how we should live it. Every other week, we discuss our goals and priorities. This has been going on for years and has been a very meaningful part of my schedule.

One of the other people in the group told me of an experience in his home that put the time crunch into perspective. The oldest of his three children had her thirteenth birthday, therefore officially reaching that stage of life known as the teenage years. At this young lady's thirteenth birthday party, their family had a discussion that shifted to what they should do on their vacation. The thirteen-year-old, along with the other two children, wrote down several vacation destinations they wanted to experience as a family.

My friend was shocked to learn that, while there were almost 20 potential family vacations that everyone wanted to experience, he had only five summers left before his daughter would go off to college. While this was a sobering realization for their family, it also got them energized to go, do, and experience much more of life while they are still together as a family unit.

Think of all the things you want to do in your life. Invest some time, effort, and energy to write them down. Now, mentally spread those activities over what you project to be the rest of your life. You will discover a sense of urgency about accomplishing these priorities, and you will look at each day as an opportunity to take control of the time of your life.

Today's the day!

Jim Stovall is the president of Narrative Television Network, as well as a published author, columnist, and motivational speaker. He may be reached at 5840 South Memorial Drive, Suite 312, Tulsa, OK 74145-9082, or by e-mail at

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