In one of my classes, we have recently been discussing making plans and managing time. In preparing content for the course, I was watching a Randy Pausch lecture wherein he reminds his audience that “you don’t find time, you make time” for important things in life.
I have also been reading through a collection of JRR Tolkien’s letters. By interesting coincidence, I happened upon a letter he wrote to his eldest son.
In it, he expressed his deep regrets about what he felt was his failure to be personally committed to and to bring his children up in his Christian faith.
One might find this regret strange because he had spent those years industriously. He was a professor at Oxford University. He produced meaningful academic work on myth and language and story. And, most significantly, it was those years that gave us The Lord of the Rings, an incomparable piece of literature.
And yet, for Tolkien, there was regret. There was an important thing that he did not make time for and so never found time for when his children were young enough it to matter.
And I took this as a healthy reminder. A reminder that there are urgent things, maybe even important things, that will clamor for my time. But that is no excuse to lose track of the most important things.
In another letter, Tolkien gives us a hint as to what those important things might be:
“So it may be said that the chief purpose of life, for any one of us, is to increase according to our capacity our knowledge of God by all the means we have, and to moved by it to praise and thanks.”
最近在我教授的一門課堂上，我和學生一起討論如何制定計劃和時間管理。我在備課的時候，參考了 蘭迪·鮑許(Randy Pausch)的演講，他在演講中提醒聽眾“你無法找到時間，你要為生活中的重要事情騰出時間”。