What is Quality Time?
Someone once told me that, ‘Quality time, is time you can’t have again’. Not sure if it was his own maxim or a quote from someone else, but I know one thing, he was right!
Yesterday evening I was lucky enough to share a lovely meal at the Compton Inn with that very person (our wives were with us as well).
We share a meal from time to time and visit different restaurants depending on who is choosing. They are sometimes return visits and sometimes new places. Last night was a return visit.
As we ate, the conversation moved backwards and forwards through time and space in many different directions as it is wont to do.
As we have children of similar ages they often turn up in the conversation thread. Last night was no exception, and, as most of them are having exams or have just finished them, we commiserated with each other on how we would love our children to be able to learn from our experience. I suspect this is a desire of many of those of us who are blessed with children?
I use the word ‘blessed’ there with my tongue a little in my cheek, as we all know that although children can bring enormous amounts of joy into our lives, they can also be a challenge at times.
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Past, Present and Future
I love the way that conversation can move so quickly through time. One minute talking about something that is due to happen in the future, like holidays, and then reminiscing about times when we worked together in the distant past.
My problem is that I can talk and talk (and talk). Luckily for me, my wife and friends are very kind and, apart from the odd kick under the table from Julie, they let me prattle on and on. I do catch myself doing it sometimes and try to shut up for a bit to give others a chance, but I often slip back into talk mode inadvertently.
There is a saying that says that, as you have two ears and one mouth, you should use them in that ratio. I have also heard it extended to, two ears, two eyes and a mouth. My long suffering friends may be thinking I should take my own council here!
So, quality time was had and we enjoyed another lovely evening. If you haven’t had an evening out with friends recently maybe now is the time to invite them out, or, if your circumstances dictate, just invite them round for chat, you don’t have to go out and spend a lot to have quality time in your life.
Some would say, me included, that actually, some of the best time spent with family and friends is when no money has been spent at all.
Plan in some quality time today! Although time is an illusion, you will run out eventually in this lifetime, why wait?