A proverb that can be traced back to 1772, it essentially advises that the less we waste, the less we'll need/want in the future. I'm sure this is intended to caution against careless use of money, food, and resources. I'd like to also suggest it cautions against waste of time and personal energy. The more we waste today, the less likely our dreams and ambitions will see the light of day.
My friend, Maureen was around 40 when she confided two things: (1) she really wanted to go back to school, now that the kids were grown and her husband had earned his Master's Degree and in a career he loved, but she was too old to start over and it would take too long, and (2) she and her husband were watching every penny, not taking vacations or splurging on themselves in the least, because once he retired, they were going to travel. First stop: Hawaii.
My response to #1 is that every day was going to pass, whether she spent them going to college or dusting her living room; it was still going to be the same 365 days a year and how she spent them would either enhance her life or diminish her spirt. To #2, I encouraged her to live today with zest (you know, like the song: Live Like You Were Dying"), even if they were saving for tomorrow's adventures. Do some small things NOW.
Well, you can probably guess the ending of this story: she shuffled from day to day, watching her husband and kids enjoy their lives and she never returned to school. And two years before her husband's early retirement, she got cancer, had a stroke and died.
Waste Not. Want Not. Our currency is not just money; it's time and energy; it's dreams achieved and goals accomplished. Or not. When emerging writers tell me they want to write but can't find the time, I answer: a page a day; those days are going to pass whether you write that page or not. But if you do, in one year, you'll have that book.
When we choose to embrace our lives, we don't waste our days or our years and we don't waste our dreams. Live is too short to sit on the couch and wish things were better, different, more joyful. Every day counts.
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