Recovery Connections

John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, a 850-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992 when he had a year sober. He's in his 27th year of recovery.

In these posts, he views life mostly through the lenses of recovery. While the blog is factual, he sometimes disguises events and people to protect anonymity.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

525, 600

525,600. That's how many minutes are in a year.

8,765.81. That's the number of hours in a year.

And of course we all know how many days are in a year.

So what's the point? The point is that as we enter 2014 in a few hours that's how much time we're allotted for the coming year.

And the question for all of us, including me, is what will we do with this time? This gift from God?

Will we spend it playing video games? Will we be like the average American and watch four hours of TV a day? Will we waste these precious units of time in resentments, in fears, in anger?

Can we look back on the last 364 days and say we used our time to the best of our ability? Or did we fritter away this irreplaceable gift in stagnation?

This coming year can be a time of success for those of us who manage our time wisely. We can take that class we wanted to take. Begin a fitness program. We can change our lazy mindset, the one that keeps us from eating right and taking care of our health.

Does this mean that we're always working and getting little joy out of life? No. There's a time for fun. There's a time for relaxation. There's plenty of time to pursue pleasure and enjoyment.

But if you're asking yourself if you are any better off than you were this time last year you might think of spending some of those many minutes on something more productive.