February 27, 2018
Time is what we want most, but… what we use worst.
One of the things I have learned as I have grown older is that time seems to fly by faster than ever. It becomes far too easy to just let the minutes slip away instead of using them to enrich our days. Recently Marc Chernoff wrote an article that reminded me that we can invest in making our days more interesting and productive.
As usual I have had to edit the piece in order to share his thoughts with you. Are you happy with how you use your time, if not read what you can do to enjoy them more.
5 Timeless Ways to Find the True Value of an Hour
Our lives are measured by the value we provide to others. This value arises from the things we spend our time doing. And since time is quantified in hours, the value of our lives is equivalent to the sum of every hour we spend. How have you spent the last hour of your life? Let this
If you need a little extra inspiration in the upcoming hour, here are a few timeless strategies Angel and I personally practice:
1.Build a bridge or two. – Some people build lots of walls in their lives and not enough bridges. Don’t be one of them. When you look at a person, any person, remember that everyone has a story. We meet no ordinary people in our lives. If you give them a chance, everyone has something amazing to offer. Open yourself up. Take small chances on people. Let them shift your perspective.
2.Be present and listen closely. – If you think about the people who have had the greatest positive effect on your life—the ones who truly made a difference—you will likely realize that they aren’t the ones that tried to give you all the answers or solve all your problems. They’re the ones who sat silently with you when you needed a moment to think, who lent you a shoulder when you needed to cry, and who tolerated not having all the answers, but stood beside you anyway. Be this person for others.
3.Be calm inside, even when those around you are angry. – People are much nicer when they’re happier, which says a lot about those who aren’t very nice. Keep this in mind. And also remind yourself that you can’t control how other people receive your energy. Anything you do or say gets filtered through the lens of whatever they are going through at the moment, which has nothing to do with you. Don’t take things personally. Calmness is a superpower. Just keep doing your thing with as much love and integrity as possible.
4.Love exactly what’s in front of you. – Love what you do, until you can do what you love. Love where you are, until you can be where you love. And above all, love the people you are with, until you can be with the people you love most. Fewer judgments, less resistance, more love… in this hour, and the next. That’s the way we find happiness, opportunity and peace in even the most mundane situations.
5.Be way, way kinder than necessary. – Think kindly of others, speak kindly to others, and do kind things for others. Kindness always makes a difference. Create the little outcomes others might be grateful for at the end of their day. Be a bigger part of what’s right in this world. And remember, the way we treat people we strongly disagree with is a report card on what we’ve learned about true love and real kindness.
If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.
In school one day, a teacher asked my six-year-old nephew why his handwriting wasn’t as neat as usual. He explained, “I’m trying out a new font.”
Memory of an accident in a Uniontown, Pennsylvania cemetery:
Here lies the body
of Jonathan Blake
Stepped on the gas
Instead of the brake.
Every year around April 15 Americans have a rendezvous with debt. One of the great blessings about living in a democracy is that we have complete control over how we pay our taxes . . . cash, check or money order.
Steven Spielberg was filming his latest movie in the heart of the Amazon rain forest. The costs involved in transporting tons of movie making equipment into the heart of the jungle were enormous. He literally had a cast of thousands to feed and clothe. It was his most expensive production yet and he sank his entire personal fortune into the project.
The biggest expense was building a faithful replica of an Ancient city in the middle of the jungle. No expense was spared to make the city authentic.
The climax of the movie was to be the complete destruction of the city in a dramatic fire. As Spielberg planned to actually burn the city to the ground there was only one chance to film it.
He set up four cameras:
“Ok, camera one, I want you up in the helicopter to get an over head shot of the whole scene.”
“Camera two, I’d like you at the edge of the clearing for a medium range shot.
“Camera three, we’ve built a special fireproof hut in the center of the city. You can poke the camera through a hole in the side and get a close up view from the heart of the fire”
“Camera four, I need you at the top of that hill over there to get a long range shot”
Once the cameras and actors were all in place, Spielberg himself lit the match to start the fire.
It was an amazing sight, the fire raged and roared for over an hour as the entire multi-million dollar set was completely destroyed and reduced to a smoking pile of ash.
Spielberg radioed the helicopter, “Camera one, how did it go?”
“Sorry boss but the smoke was so thick I couldn’t see a thing. Then the smoke got into the engine of the chopper and we were forced to land. I didn’t get anything.”
“Damn!” thought Spielberg, “well I guess I can just use the footage from the other three cameras.”
“Camera two, how did it go?”
“Sorry boss but the down draft from the chopper blades fanned the flames and started the bush all around us on fire. We had to run for safety and the camera was burned to a crisp.”
“Crap!, I guess I’ll have to make two with two cameras”
“Camera three, please tell me you got the shot”
“Sorry boss, the fireproof hut worked fine, but the lens of the camera couldn’t take the heat and it melted. I got nothing”
“I can’t believe this!” cried Spielberg. “Thank god I sent that last camera up on the hill. The smoke didn’t blow that way, there was no brush fire or heat to worry about.”
He walks towards the hill, cups his hands to his mouth and yells…
And the cameraman yells back…
“READY WHEN YOU ARE!”
Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.
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