Time Money Meaning

Day 344 Week 50 Q4 Monday, December 11, 2023

At some point in time, most of us have to deal with time because it is the only resource that is not renewable. We also have to deal with money because we all have bills to pay and things to do that require it. But if we only focus on time and money, and leave out, meaning we are not going to have a very good life. It is quite possible to have a ton of money and be retired, which theoretically means that you have a lot of time and not have meaning.

On the other hand, it is also quite possible to have a ton of meaning and be strapped for both time and money. There is a giant balancing act that is called for. But far better than a giant bouncing act would be a giant integration job. You see, most of the time, everything you need is around you, and it needs to be integrated. Even in the tech world, where new inventions abound, most of the time, they are simply integrating things that already exist, as opposed to having to create new things that do not exist.

Even if you create some new things that do not exist, you’re going to have to find out how to integrate them with the things that do exist, so you never truly have a clean slate. You never get to reinvent everything, only some things. And that is more than enough. Because a single new component can permit an entirely new integrated system. And in a person’s life, meaning is that component.

Once you have determined what creates meaning in your life and what you’re looking for, the time and money can be rearranged around that. But if you have no idea what creates meaning for you or even that you have the responsibility to create meaning, it doesn’t matter how much time and money you have; you’re still not going to have a meaningful life.

Therefore, the quest is for meaning because otherwise, why bother to get up tomorrow morning? For some, this does not have to be a conscious pursuit. They may have been satisfied by being a normal member of society with a family and children and a house, and a dog and a mortgage and all the things to do that person does to fit into the world. For others, the usual stuff didn’t quite give them what they needed, and they somehow had to come to meaning in a different manner. Some of us have concluded that the only way to have meaning is to create it ourselves.

For myself, I am not sure that Life has any intrinsic meaning whatsoever, but I am quite sure that I am capable of creating infinite amounts of meaning for myself because I have, and I do every day. Different strokes for different folks. For me, the meaning is more important than the time and money, and therefore, it is the core building plot upon which to create a foundation that can support a life.