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Finding Time

How does one find time…it is lost? In a manner of speaking, yes…but more accurately, time is spent like any other commodity. Question is, what value do you get for your expenditure? The adage about “saving time” is a misnomer. We cannot save time, but only spend it, and our only choice is whether to spend time wisely or foolishly. And unlike a lot of things in life, there is no second chance. Time is a one-pitch turn at the plate.

The art of spending time wisely is a concept that’s either mellowing to a fine taste in my mind’s parking lot, or molding like too-old leftovers long forgotten in the fridge…I cannot always tell which one it is. Mellowing occurs when I occasionally turn the thought over, so the seasoning is evenly applied. Molding, unfortunately, is the more typical chemicalization that happens, largely because…well, I run out of time to pay attention to that particular thought! Time appears to be linear in nature, but requires more of a circular approach to management. The roundness happens because we have to add the additional resources of other thoughts, time-management tools, or other people hijacked to help our pursuit to invest time wisely. Regardless of how well you plan, you can still end up with empty pockets habited by that imp called “foolish” who somehow managed to sneak in and change things.

There is no answer in these words I write, in case you were pacifying me by reading along in hopes of gaining some insight into time’s dilemma. I can only add that for me, planning helps push me closer to the wise side of time, but that’s no guarantee of the outcome. I need a lot of mid-course corrections to have any hope of a positive outcome. I have been thinking about the time I spend answering inquiries on the Movable Type forum (a lot of time), and now realize this effort drifts me irrevocably to the foolish side of time. I feel good helping others, but it’s been for the detriment of other pursuits. While I’ll still poke my virtual head in there now and then, I think it’s time to limit my participation there and refocus on other demands.

> “This time like all times is a very good one if we but know what to do with it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

> “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” – Carl Sandburg

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