Wishing Your Life Away

Wishing Your Life Away

By Josh Tolley

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I was once told, “Life is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.” Nobody can argue that life does go by pretty fast; we don’t have to help it though.  Sadly, most of us are actually speeding it up by wishing it away! Don’t believe me?

Monday comes and we start wishing for Friday.

Tuesday, and the clock on the wall seems to have had its batteries die as it seems to take forever just to get to our lunch break.

Wednesday and Thursday find us having conversations that contain; “This week just can’t seem to go fast enough.”

Friday, and wouldn’t you know it, that clock went through another set of batteries.

Ah, Saturday! Hurry through your “honey do” and life is grand for 24 sweet hours.  This is the life.

Sunday comes and by half-time we are already telling our buddies “Ug, Tomorrow is Monday.” Not only does “Monday Dread” seem to set in at about 2pm on Sunday, but the evening is filled with laundry that needs to get done, homework that isn’t finished, little Billy still needs a bath, the required run to the grocery store, and don’t forget to set the alarm.

Between the ages of 20 and 70, you will have 2,600 Saturdays. The day of the week you didn’t wish away.  You will have 15,600 days that “couldn’t go fast enough”, “seemed like they would never end”, “why can’t this day just skip.”  Pretty sad considering you will spend 740 days in the bathroom (source: Daily Mirror).

Remember when you were a kid and a summer day seemed to be perfect? You could start by sleeping in late, play a whole 9 innings of baseball, take a nap, play four quarters of football, eat dinner, build a massive Lego castle, play a couple rounds of kick the can, take a shower, and still fit in a family movie before bed. You had all the time to do everything you wanted to SPEND your time doing.

Even as an adult when you take that “sick” day and by lunch you have already completed 9 weekends worth of errands, talked to your sister for an hour, drove past that house that just went on the market, and even have enough time to catch a matinee before picking up the kids from school.

No, I’m not suggesting that life should be spent playing hooky, but rather spent doing things that don’t make you wish away most of your life.  In generations past they would start out a memory by saying, “oh, that was a really, really long time ago.” Today, our aging population says “oh, that seems like it was just yesterday.”  As it should, if you spent 6 out of 7 days wishing they wouldn’t exist, then 50 years of life can be wrapped up in just one. Let me say that again in a different way so you get it.  Someone who lives everyday excited about that day will have 50 of your “lifetimes” in their lifetime.  Want life to seem like its longer, stop wishing away most of it!

I wrote this to encourage you, now is the time! I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions, but the end of the year is here.  52 Saturday’s from now, I want you to look back and say, “Wow, that was a good year.”

What that means for most of you is that their needs to be a major change in what you do 8 hours a day. Most of you know what you spend your day doing is not what you were created to do.  For those of you who are doing what they feel called to do, Awesome! For the rest of you, I don’t know what it is. Missionary work? Business ownership? Working in a different field? Leaving the work place to raise a family? Whatever it is that would make you want to wake up and take on the day, DO IT! Don’t let fear stop you, failure to act hurts much more than failure to succeed anyway!

You can do it, you must do it. Don’t wait, don’t wish….DO IT!

There are five other days of the week that would like to meet you.



Josh Tolley is a business and behavioral strategist.  His latest book, “Quit Your Job or Die: Discover the Importance of Self-Employment” has been a top ten best seller for over 12 weeks.  His teachings have been implemented by hundreds of people and dozens of businesses around the globe. He is ranked as one of the top 100 business and personal growth trainers in the world and is the developer of many human interaction technologies. Josh does take on a VERY limited number of personal clients, to discuss this or to book Josh for a seminar in your area contact Mike with The Annex Group at 626-893-4917 or mike@annexprojekt.com


2 thoughts on “Wishing Your Life Away

  1. This is SO true. Great post for a Monday night! LOL

    Someone gave me a copy of your book for my birthday, and ever since then you seem to be the only person on the planet who makes any sense! Love everything on the blog and I can’t wait to see you Live!

  2. Awesome!!!! It is sad how we can waste our days without purpose! I know that i live for Christ and my purpose is to not run away from situations in life, but to praise Him no matter what happens! He deserves my worship! This is why i wake up every morning and get out of bed for a new day! I am created to live for Him and do what i can to live at peace with all men. I know that we don’t live in a perfect world and there are hard times, but my Lord is perfect and i hold on to the hope that i have in Him, that one day he will restore this land and call His children home to live with Him in perfection. This is the hope i live with everyday! This is real living!

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