Matthew Dunaway Attorney at Law September 2018

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September 2018

WHAT’S MOST IMPORTANT How Do We Spend Our Time?

When I was in college, I labored over what I would do with my life. I remember having conversations with my parents about whether I should become an engineer, a doctor, or join the military. A trip to Washington, D.C., ultimately helped with my decision. After seeing where the laws of the land were made, I started on the path to law. However, that wasn’t the end of my laboring. Today, I am a bankruptcy lawyer, and I have the privilege of helping people determine what’s best for their situations and how they can get a fresh start financially. But there are times when I have wondered if I should have become a professor.

teaching history, English, or philosophy. In fact, a few years into practicing law, I considered getting my Ph.D. and becoming a professor of economics. But already getting into the swing of being an attorney and with two young kids at home, I decided to stick to my path. There is something interesting about the decisions we make, why we make them, and the road that leads us on. The choices we make in life can automatically cross out the other options. There is simply not enough time to do it all. I’m a lawyer, which means I’m not a doctor or a professor or anything else. This idea can be paralyzing. What if you make a decision and your life ends up all wrong? How do you know if the choice you’re making will be the best in the long run? Well, you don’t. Only God knows the outcomes. So, I believe that since there’s only so much time in a single lifetime, it’s important that when we make a choice, we are choosing something worthwhile. Look at the time you have and ask how you can spend it on what’s important. Look for the best things in life. Yes, there are necessary things we do that we might not want to do, like go to work, exercise, or eat a salad, but these necessary things empower us to focus on the important things. After all, if you don’t work, you don’t eat, and it can be difficult to spend quality time with your family when you’re worried about your next meal. And once you have made your decision and

picked what’s important, you don’t want to run yourself ragged trying to take care of it all.

Not long ago, the preacher at our church delivered a very good sermon. The lesson was about how we’re only human and we need to remember to pace ourselves. Life is a marathon, not a sprint, and if you try to race through everything, you’ll burn out and be no good to anyone. I took this lesson in particular to heart because I’ve struggled with trying to do too much all at once. I don’t want to run out of time. But life is a marathon and the race isn’t over yet. Lord willing, I’ll enjoy another 40–50 years on this earth. I still have plenty of time to focus on what’s important and put my life to good use, whether that’s helping my clients get out of bankruptcy or becoming a professor once my kids are grown.

There is something interesting about the decisions we make, why we make them, and the road that leads us on.

I have always been a sort of polymath, and though I’m not an expert in a wide range of fields, I do enjoy learning a little bit of everything. Last year I read Greek classics, this year I’m reading poetry, and last week, I watched a documentary about sushi! I like learning, and I believe I’d do well

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