“About 99% of the time, the right time is right now.”
—Kevin Kelly, founding executive editor of Wired magazine
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What are you waiting for?
How often do you ask yourself this question?
How clear are you about what stops you from taking action in each moment of hesitation and procrastination?
How and in what ways is NOW the right time for the important (not just the urgent) matters in your life?
What are the risks and the rewards of seizing this moment to act with greater courage and boldness?
If you knew you had a 99% chance of success each time you initiated an important task, what new resolve would you find?
What can and will you do right now that will move your life in the direction you desire?
How can you support and coach others in your communities to also step more courageously into the NOWs of their lives?
“Let tomorrow come tomorrow.”
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To what degree are you a clock watcher? How often do you check your watch, cell phone, wall clock, or your digital assistant to determine the time? When you do, how often are you seeing how much time is left before your next item on your schedule? How often do you determine how long you must wait until an upcoming event that you desire or dread?
A frequent example for many people is to check the time at night during what is supposed to be a restful night’s sleep. How often do you find yourself doing a bit of subtraction to determine how many hours and minutes before you must rise and hopefully shine to begin the day?
Hitting the pause button on today or fast forwarding to tomorrow are best used for your digital recording devices. How can you simply enjoy the show and savor the passage of time you have?
What alternative approaches and strategies can you employ to more fully experience your todays and let tomorrow come tomorrow?
What gifts in your life do you often take for granted?
—Calm App Reflection
Every moment of life is a precious gift.
Open each of these gifts slowly and mindfully so as not to miss a single one — this will help you live more fully and purposely, regardless of what you may accomplish. Don’t be surprised, however, if you accomplish a lot living this way!
What tangible and intangible gifts do your intend to offer the people in your various communities? How can putting greater thought and heartfelt intentions into your offerings? Please remember that your time might be your most special gift of all.
You may wish to explore the book, 4000 Weeks – Time Management for Mortals.
“You will never have more time than you do right now.”
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Time is the coin of life. Unfortunately, unlike money — which can grow and compound if wisely invested — our time on this planet, at least in physical form, is finite.
Once we take our first gasp of air at birth, our parking meter of life begins — with perhaps 27,375 days. Do the math — multiply your age by 365, then subtract the result from 27,375. You can play with this to explore the potential number of weekends, vacations, or even sunny days you have left, depending on where you live.
Now of course, you plan to beat the odds and live far longer than this average by eating right, exercising, and getting plenty of sleep. You also expect all kinds of medical advances to kick in and add a few more years with perhaps a nip and tuck here and there, to look younger — to the amazement of others.
The time is always now! What do you plan to do with this precious moment, and the next? Don’t wait!
Someday is not actually a day of the week.
“Our mortality ironically is a life coach.”
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When I was a young boy I was fortunate to go to Camp Indian Lake in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. My father was the camp Director and as one of his perks, the whole family had a two-month vacation each year.
On Saturday evenings, there was a movie and each camper was given five tickets to exchange for candy to eat during the film — and perhaps to keep us from talking! Deciding what treats were worth two or three tickets seemed monumental back then.
Time, in many ways, represents the tickets we are given to experience the sweet and sour patches of our lives. Not knowing just how many tickets we have left makes our life choices even more important and urgent.
How can recognizing your own mortality help coach you to make the best possible life choices with the precious tickets remaining?
“And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been.”
—Rainer Maria Rilke, 19th Century Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist
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Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes.
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred moments so dear.
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes.
How do you measure? Measure a year?
The Broadway show Rent was ahead of it’s time when it premiered in 1996. The cast contained characters who were black, white, brown straight, gay, bisexual and transgender.
What would be possible if we all believed in the five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes that is given to us, new and untouched each year, full of things that have never been?
Listen to Seasons of Love
“The more balls you try to juggle, the more you’re likely to drop.”
—Mohit Pandey, The Scrabbled Thoughts
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Did you know that you can become a lifetime member of the International Juggler’s Association for only $1,250? As a bonus, you can include up to five additional members of your family (if they live at the same address) at no additional cost. The world records for juggling various numbers of balls are:
|# of Balls
||12 hours, 5 minutes
||2 hours, 46 minutes, 48 seconds
||2 hours, 41 minutes, 27 seconds
||25 minutes, 17 seconds
||16 minutes, 25 seconds
||1 minute, 13 seconds
How many balls are you trying to keep up in the air, and how many are dropping? To what degree have you already become a lifetime member of the association without paying the membership fee? What are the right balls, and the right number of balls, to put in your juggling rotation for an optimal life?
“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.”
—Wallace Stevens, 20th Century American modernist poet
Image from Unsplash by Greeshma Gangadharan
In recent months, I’ve had considerably more time to think. My daily routines have changed a bit with my health club closing, and working from home.
Instead of my normal fitness efforts I have introduced a 50-minute walk. Although it is not around a lake, it allows for significant, peaceful contemplative time.
Although I am getting plenty of steps and fresh air, of greater interest and value seems to be my mental, emotional, and spiritual explorations. Taking this time to look far more closely and clearly at the truths of my life and our world has been profound.
Consider taking a walk around your own lake or neighborhood and see what truths are revealed. Feel free to reply to this post and let me know what you discover.
“Time is how you spend your love.”
—Zadie Adeline Smith, Creative Writing Professor, New York University
The Serenity Prayer
So much has changed in our personal and professional lives over the past months.
How we spend our time has dramatically changed, and the normal routines and momentum we previously expected have been thwarted.
How are these events impacting you and those you love?
What aspects of your world can you control and influence? Which can you not?
Revisiting the Serenity Prayer might prove useful as a mindful exercise. How you are spending your time with your head, hand, and heart?
Despite the hard realities presented by this global crisis, I am delighted to see the outpouring of love within and between communities at all levels around the world.
Where and in what ways can and will you spend your life and time today to make a difference in your communities?
“Often the relationship that needs the most work is the one we have with ourselves.”
—Robert Tew, American writer
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How much time do you spend in a typical day with your work colleagues, significant other, children, and friends?
Please do the actual math to count the hours, minutes, and perhaps even the tiny moments of your day.
If you expand days to weeks, weeks to months, and months to years, what do the numbers look like?
Now you know the question is coming…
How much time do you spend alone?
Have you ever wanted to get away from yourself and realized, in particular moments, that you felt a bit trapped or stuck, and were looking for some form of escape?
Knowing that wherever you go, there you are, how and in what ways can you make this most important relationship with yourself an even higher priority each and every day?