Time flies; Make sure you’re the pilot

November 2005

November 2017

Look at my son and me. Time really flies. You can read in my short bio on the right that I have got three fantastic teenagers. Seeing the above photos, I am sure you will understand why I feel that way. Isn’t it just great that my teenage son liked the idea of this photo shoot with his mum? I enjoy spending time with my children and very often they do too! When they were younger I told lots and lots of stories; a great way of having quality time together. Today, I will tell you an interesting story.

A special bank account

Imagine your luck. The day you are born a bank account is opened for you. It’s a really special one. Every day the same amount is transferred to you: 1440 euros, pounds, dollars or whatever currency you prefer. Every day you are totally free to spend all of it. Wow! You can decide what you want to buy with it every single day. The thing is: no matter how you spend it or how much you spend, your account is emptied at the end of each day. The next day the same happens. The  money is transferred to your account and you can decide how you spend it. And so it goes on, day after day. Sounds great, doesn’t it? I bet you are already imagining how to make most of that special bank account. You will make sure that each day you spend the full amount to the best of your abilities. And you are right to do so, because the tricky thing about this account is that you do not know beforehand for how long it is yours. It might be for a short period of time or rather long, but one day it will be taken away from you, you just don’t know when….

Use your time wisely

Have you already figured out what the above story is about? It’s about life. Each day we have got 24 hours, or 1440 minutes to spend. Once the day is over, they are gone. Fortunately, we can enjoy the memories and results of our hours and minutes spent. So, it’s up to each of us to make the best of our time given. Time is our most precious gift, our most valuable asset and we should make sure we make most of it; spending it with people we love and doing things we love.

Be the pilot

In short: We should be the pilots of our lives.

There are many ways to achieve this. I set goals. Every morning I decide for myself what I want to do that day to make my day a good one. That is a way for me to make sure that each day I have got time for people and things that matter to me.

If you would like to read some more tips how to make time for what really matters to you, I can advise an article on the positivity blog

When you already know how to do so, great! I’d be very interested in reading your recipe for using your time wisely. Looking forward to many recipes!



Trousers & Jacket: H&M, Scarf: Vögele, Shirt: Pepe Jeans (all previous seasons)

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  1. I am sorry but I cannot help you much. Your idea sounds very good to me. Although I bet I will feel bad if I haven’t met my goal of the morning.
    What I often do, is give compliments to people. Strangers, friends, colleagues, it doesn’t matter. When I see something I like about a person I will tell them. Sometimes it is a bit awkward, but 90% of the time, I can see I have really made somebody happy with the remark. And I try to make as many people laugh as I can. That really helps to feel good and spend the time well.

    1. Hi Greetje.
      Giving compliments is brilliant. It will give meaning to your day and to the one of the other person. You know, there are so many small ways to improve the quality of life, hence the subtitle of my blog: small changes with huge effects.
      We both seem to have found a way that works for us. Thanks for sharing yours.
      Love, Lieske

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