Spare Time

Spare time. Have you seen any of that lately? I really doubt it. Our lives are jammed to the point that there's no room for anything extra or surplus.

I'm Dr. James Dobson with Focus on the Family, and that reminds me of a wonderful story about Frank Lloyd Wright, the famous architect.

When he was just nine years old, he went walking one winter day across a snow-covered field with his reserved no-nonsense uncle. As the two of them reached the far end of the field, his uncle stopped him.

He pointed out his own tracks in the snow. They were straight and true as an arrow's flight. And then he pointed out young Frank's tracks meandering here and there all across the field.

"Notice how your tracks wander aimlessly from the fence to the cattle to the woods and back again," his uncle said. "And see how my tracks aim directly to my goal. There's an important lesson in that."

Well, to his dying day, Frank Lloyd Wright remembered that lesson, but not the way his uncle intended. He used to say with a twinkle in his eye, "I determined right then not to miss most of the things in life, as my uncle had."

Yes, it's important to reach your goals, but along the way, even on the busiest of days, we must take time for spontaneity, relaxation and fun and maybe even an unscheduled trip out to see the trees and the cows. You won't regret it.

This is Dr. James Dobson with Focus on the Family.

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