Ok friends, I’ve been posting and you’ve been kind enough to read my writings for five years. As I read back through all the different posts some are more my favorites than others. Below is a list of some that stand out to me (in no particular order). Let me know what you think. Or go through the archives and pick your own favorite. I’d love to hear which one you liked.
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5/31/2009 Things not to miss — be in the moment
11/30/2009 Black Friday Gateway to the Dark Side
3/6/2012 ‘Tis the Season
4/18/2014 It’ Friday, Sunday’s Coming
4/8/2013 Say Please and Thank You
I was joking with some folks Saturday afternoon about what they were going to do with their extra hour yesterday. The clocks rolled back an hour for daylight savings time at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning giving us an extra hour in our day.
It’s like a gift. How many times do you find yourself saying, “If I only hand more hours in a day.” Well, yesterday you did. Sixty whole minutes. Yes, initially those minutes came in the middle of the night; so most people say their time was used sleeping. Given that my Sunday morning routine was pretty normal, I didn’t feel the extra hour until last night when it got dark at 7:00 p.m. I was starting to get that “it’s time to settle in feeling.” I did get one chore done that has been nagging at me for months so I’ll give credit to having an extra hour in my day.
I’m not sure if daylight savings time begins or ends in the fall. If it’s ending in fall, are we getting the hour back we gave last spring or are we being given an hour on loan from next spring when we will be forced to give it back. Why doesn’t the time change get confused when during a leap year when we have an entire day added to our calendar? These and others are the questions that confound me about time. It’s like trying to grasp water.
Some fun facts about daylight savings – Some historical leaders are credited with creating daylight savings time to conserve candles and fuels for creating light during war times. In the early part of the century it was said that daylight savings time benefited the farmers as well as summer recreation such as ballgames. Today daylight savings time is used in 70 countries around the world. Most of the US participates in daylight savings time except for Hawaii and parts of Arizona.
What did you do with your extra hour yesterday?
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of.
— Benjamin Franklin
Everybody’s busy – this seems to be the thing to say when an invitation is declined instead of saying “I’m sorry you can’t attend”. While it is easy to get caught up in all the opportunities life offers today; it’s also easy to waste a lot of time with cable tv, mobile device games, and other internet surfing.
People are as busy as they want to be. There are times when work and personal activities collide and a little hustle is required. The hours of the day are full. This hustle doesn’t last forever.
Adults can take control of their time to fulfill their responsibilities such as work and family. If life becomes too hassled and full, it may be time to re-evaluate the “time-suckers”. Do they fall within personal priorities?
If someone declines your invitation, it may not mean they are too busy, it simply means that event is at the same time as something else that day.
Just a thought,
It’s half past three in the afternoon on New Year’s Eve. I’ve spent some time in the office taking care of a few things – organizing. The January calendar is set up and ready for the appointments I have in the first two weeks. The whiteboard has project priorities. There is order to my work space.
On a personal note, the checkbook is balanced (yes, I do this at least once a month and recommend it for others). The big home projects for the coming year have been discussed and prioritized. To close 2013, I feel the completion of 365 full and rich days. Even those with tears and challenges brought something.
It was a good year personally and professionally. I am so proud of my son and husband for their accomplishments and letting me be on their journey just as they have rooted me on during mine.
There were goals achieved and others still undone. Will I recommit to the unfinished? We will see.
I have grown personally in knowledge and wisdom. Sometimes I feel my age and sometimes my life experience. One truth is that I will never stop learning.
As we turn the last page of the calendar, may we do so with all of the optimism a new year brings. May we breathe in the freshness of 365 blank days and look forward to all of the activities and people who will fill them. God bless you and carry you through each one of them.
All the best,
The calendar is waning. Christmas is over. Retailers are rushing us into the next holiday. There is work to be done, but most meetings are cancelled. The work pace is easy and there is opportunity to get organized and ready to go. I spent some time today closing out a few files for 2013.
It’s hard not to begin planning for 2014. Over the last week it has been so wonderful to gear-down that I don’t want to go rushing into the New Year. I’d like to ease into it, choose my goals wisely and roll from there.
Yes, I used the dirty word, “goals”. We will talk about that later. For now, let’s just spend some more time with family and play with our new things we got for Christmas.
All the best,
December 26th I passed a Valentine display at Wal-Mart. It gave me a frustrated pause. We live in this world of being never satisfied, wanting instant gratification, and rushing to the next thing. Any chance those in retail encourage and promote this mindset? There are entire Seasonal sections of big box stores. These sections are the gateway to the buyer not being happy in the moment. What’s coming up next?
It is our responsibility to control how much we let outside forces like advertising, email and other social media control our time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about planning when it’s pertinent to my priorities and not because Hallmark thinks I need to purchase cards and candy six weeks early. What do you do to not let these outside messages take over your time and day-planner?
All the best,
Someone has asked the question, and today I’m pondering it.
Why do most people over estimate what they can accomplish in one year and under-estimate what they can accomplish in 10 years?
What do you think?