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Learn why the gift of time revolves around deadlines.

By Chardonnay Beaver

My entire career evolves around loose and hard-set deadlines. Pre-reporting, scheduling interviews, interviewing sources, writing drafts, revising drafts with editors, and the list goes on.

Living a life surrounded by deadlines isn’t too terrible. Besides, deadlines can be a gift disguised as an occasional nightmare.

The gift of deadlines reminds me of the restraint and value of time. Time is a power we will constantly find ourselves surrendering to. Whether you choose to fight or embrace time, it’s all a matter of perspective.

Time grants us two promises:

  1. It will move on, at its own pace, without your consent.

  2. The character of its current state will change. The present will one day become the past, the future will soon become the present.

Time is indeed a gift. With each day, I am challenged to consider how I engage my time. Whether or not I choose to spend my time wisely or waste it all away, those deadlines remain.

Here’s a creative idea I invite you to consider: our entire life is one big deadline. Rather than referring to that appointed time as a “deadline,” it's infamously known as destiny.

Words of Wisdom by Char of the Week: Each day we have the opportunity to strive towards our destiny. For some, that looks like a crawl. For others, that looks like a sprint. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “If you can't fly then run, if you can't run, walk. If you can't walk, crawl, but by all means keep moving.” Philippians 3:13-14