Tick Talk Issue 28
Re-Cycle Paper, Not Time
Many people go back in time mentally. They waste both energy and time by focusing upon unhappy past events. If this is you, consider a resolution to break this time wasting habit. Consummate time managers focus upon future possibilities not past problems.
There is an exception to this rule. It's found in this line from the song, Times of Your Life, by Paul Anka. The poetic words are, "Memories are times that we borrow to spend when we get to tomorrow." Recycle the good time memories not the bad time miseries. You have the power to do it and you'll be happier and more productive.
Enrich Your Time! Discover the Joys of Curiosity
I remember the day I was reminded about the joys of curiosity. I was hiking with my best friend. We hit the trail early in the morning. That's the best time to smell nature's perfume and feel the gentle warmth of the sun's morning rays. We had a great hike. On our return in the early afternoon, as we rounded the last bend, I could see the canyon road and my parked car. I glanced at my watch and noticed it was 2:00 p.m. The exact time I planned to finish my hike. I felt a rush of pride about my ability to manage my time and always do everything on a schedule.
As we reached the road, my friend glanced toward the creek. There sitting on the edge of the water was a mutual friend - Ardean Watts, the director of music at our local university. We shouted, "Hey Ardean! What are you doing'?" He motioned for us to come over. "Look," he said. "Get down here really close. See, I'm watching a spider spinning its web." I was taken aback and a little bit envious. I couldn't remember the last time I watched a spider spinning its web, but I know I was a child. How about you?
Curiosity, like spontaneity, can lace our life with micro-bursts of joy. It's a natural skill we all had when we were children. We can practice the skill anytime, anyplace. Curiosity keeps us plugged into life and enriches our time. Look for a curiosity opportunity every chance you have.
Is There still time in Your Life
Still time is that time when we find a place of solitude, shut out the world, turn off the TV, relax, think and plan. If we don't take the time to be alone and reflect we will miss countless solutions to challenges as well as creative ideas. It's during still time when our mind and heart are free for creative thinking.
Still time usually doesn't just happen, life is too complex. Arrange for still time and begin to enjoy the benefits today. You deserve it.