Time is like money, right? How much of it we spend on someone or something, wether it in great or small amount will be proportionate to how much we desire, want or believe something is important to us.
In Todd Henry’s book, “Die Empty”, he writes:
“The small, personal battles I won over the course of a year didn’t alter world history, but they completely changed the trajectory of my life. They established a new vector for me founded in the realisation that every moment and every choice is significant. They taught me to live my life with urgent diligence, and to not withhold making a contribution, regardless of how unremarkable it may seem at the time. I know that my contribution is defined by how I choose to engage the battles I face everyday, and that my legacy is nothing but a series of choices to engage in or abstain from action.
You have an infinite amount of focus, time, and energy to offer the world, and it can never be reclaimed once its spent. Theres no use in wasting your time laminating the past, because you cannot control it. Rather, I urge you to focus on whats next. Ultimately, your life will be measured by what you gave, not what you received. Don’t hold out on the rest of us – we need you to contribute. Spend your life building a body of work you will be proud of. Engage today with urgency and diligence. Plant seeds everyday that will yield a harvest later. Tomorrow is only an unfulfilled wish, so live and work as if today is all you have. If you do, you will be able to lie your head down each night satisfied with your work, and in the end, you will not die empty of regret, but full of satisfaction for a life well lived.”
Powerful stuff, eh?
I’ve been thinking about time (and what we do with it, and how its spent) a lot lately. On top of the accumulation of how we spend time and how important that is, this video reminded me of just how quickly time eludes us, making, perhaps, building that body of work even more important (now).
(Acai Bowl from Eat Nakd)
This speech by Kate Winslet that popped up on my Facebook feed this week, was another reminder of the importance of acknowledging and celebrating small personal victories (and that success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in, day out).
Vegan Chocolate Tiffin
→ 200g vegan digestive biscuits
→ 100g non-dairy butter
→ 4 tablespoons cocoa
→ 1 tablespoon agave syrup
→ 2 tablespoons brown sugar
→ 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
→ 150g cherries (pitted weight) – or use the same weight of any dried fruit
→ 200g vegan 70% cocoa chocolate
Break the digestive biscuits up with a food processor (or put them in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin). Leave some small chunks to give the tiffin texture.
1. Melt the non-dairy spread in a pan or the microwave.
2. In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients except the chocolate together, adding the cherries last.
3. Line a lightly greased baking tray with greaseproof paper and press the mixture down firmly to a depth of about 1cm. If the tray is too big, only half fill it.
4. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water (or on a low setting in the microwave). Pour over the surface of the tiffin mix and spread it evenly, all the way to the edges.
5. Chill in the fridge for at least two hours. Cut into small rectangles using a knife dipped in hot water to prevent the chocolate from cracking.
Vegan Raspberry Ice Cream Floats
→ 1 sprig thyme
→ 1/4 cup sugar
→ 1/4 cup (or more) lemonade
→ 1 1/3 cups raspberries (about 6 ounces)
→ 1 pint vanilla ice cream (I used Swedish Glaze)
→ 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Bring thyme, sugar, vanilla extract and 1/4 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit 15 minutes. Remove thyme sprig and let syrup cool. Stir in 1/4 cup lemonade.
Divide syrup and raspberries among 4 tall glasses and stir gently. Dividing evenly, add ice cream and top off each with float and more lemonade, if desired.
What are your thoughts on time and contribution?