If You Knew How Much Time You Had to Spend

Sherri Tobias

It’s time. It looks like I’ll be going back to school this fall not only as an instructor, but as a student. I’m all set to begin a doctoral program in August.


Am I nervous?


Excited about the challenge?


Is this the best way to spend a large portion of my time over the next four years?


This fall will be a chance to test the water and see where the opportunity leads. During the four-plus years I’ve been on A Path Not Chosen, the issue of how I spend time has been at the forefront of my mind.

None of us knows how much time we’ve been given, so do we make plans for the future or live like there’s no tomorrow?

And what does it really look like to live as if there’s no tomorrow?

  • Eat, drink, and be merry?
  • Carpe diem–seize the day?
  • Set up camp on the top of the nearest mountain and wait?

Or do we simply keep walking (justly, mercifully, and humbly) equipping ourselves for the future yet content to simply enjoy the journey as it comes–no matter how long it may be?

Would you change anything you’re doing if you knew how much time you had left to spend?