Whenever I receive an email or other message with a link and a note that says something to the effect that opening it is a fun way to waste time, I immediately delete the message without opening the link.

It just happened again, but as I deleted the message, I paused for a moment to ask myself why I have such a reaction to these types of messages.

The answer immediately came to me:

I don’t see them as a waste of time, but as a waste of precious life. I know that when I’m on my death bed I won’t regret my decision. I’ll be grateful for having used such moments to instead connect with people and to experience all the beauty and miracles that life has to offer. Life is too short and too precious for me to consider doing anything less.

After all, today–this moment–could (and someday will) be my last in this life, it would be a tragedy for me to waste it.

With Love,


About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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13 Responses to Choices

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Yes that is so true , here what I feel is a prayer

  2. mimijk says:

    I can think of few others who truly live their lives with such fullness and grace.

  3. billgncs says:

    good points Russ – we are all gifted with the same amount of time each day. How we spend them is a choice we make.

  4. Redneck Garage says:

    I agree. Life is too short to waste. Thanks for this thought provoking post.

  5. Amen. I wish more people thought this way too. ♥

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