People do exactly what they want to do

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By Carolyn Ten Broeck, Editor

I am a voracious reader – always have been – and no matter what is going on in my life, I manage to read something every single day.

Granted I am not reading anything deep or profound. I read escapism fiction. Depending on my mood, I could be solving cozy mysteries in a bakery in a small beachside town, or gallivanting off to the 16th century with a Scottish laird. Occasionally I stay in modern times reading about families more dysfunctional than my own.

These days my preferred platform is a Kindle because it syncs with both my phone and iPad. That way if I'm stuck on the interstate for hours without it, I can bring it up on my phone and read.

If I'm listening to an audiobook on one of my trips to Georgia and I don't finish listening to the book, I can pick up where it left off on either apparatus. It's a win-win.

The point is, I read something every day.

Friends marvel at this. "How do you find time?" They ask. "Aren't you too busy to read so much?"

Reading for me is a priority, just as many start their days with a run or quietly with God. Reading is something I do expressly for me. It preserves my sanity.

But last week when the umpteenth person said to me, "I wish I had time to read. I miss it, " I couldn't help myself when I blurted, "People do exactly what they want to do."

It's true. People make excuses to get out of just about everything:

• I don't have time to exercise.

• I don't have time to volunteer,

• I don't have time to be involved in a civic club.

• I don't have time to go to church.

• I don't have time to clean my house.

• I don't have time to visit a friend.

We all do it. Admit it, you do, too.

Fact is we all have the same amount of time – 24 hours in a day, 1,440 minutes in a day. It's how we allot those minutes that matter.

If you're not reading, exercising, volunteering, etc. etc., it's because you really don't want to.

Fact is we all make time for the things we really want to do and everything else slides.

Once upon a time, I made excuses when asked to do something and it was usually prefaced with, "I don't have time."

Truth is I just didn't want to do it.

It took a long while but I finally started being honest with myself – and others – and started saying, "No thanks. I really don't want to." It takes people by surprise but I would hope the honesty beats a flimsy excuse.

If it's really important to you, then you'll find the time to do it. It may mean giving up Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune after dinner or sleeping in on the weekends or even getting out of your comfort zone for a while.

In the end, you do exactly what you want to do.

What is it? I'm curious. Shoot me an email and let me know what you "don't have time" for.