Time

This week I am experiencing a time slowdown. I believe that when life is moving fast you are in good shape. Better for time to appear to be moving at the speed of light than for it to be dragging like like a glacier moving down field. Of course time doesn’t change how it moves, it is a constant. What changes is one’s perspective. When we live in uninteresting times, time seems to stand still. Our minds are not being stimulated properly and the net effect is boredom.

Why have I been bored all week? Beats me, but I have to change my attitude if I want time to speed up again.

In the few nano-second analysis I performed since making the above statement I concluded that I need to review my goals. In the few nano-seconds since I realized I should review my goals, it occurred to me that maybe I should have some goals to review.

Problem solved.

When I have lots of goals the amount of time I can dedicate to each is less than normal. The result is that I tend to focus on accomplishment, and the activity conducted during that focused period is what makes time speed up. Make sense? Me neither, but it sounds good.

Life is a goal. Using it productively is another goal. When we abandon goals our lives seem not to matter as much. No matter what age we are the amount of time we have is fixed. It is up to us as individuals to decide how much we want to accomplish within our lifetime. If we do things right, time will speed by and leave us wanting more. Some people call this process time-management. What I have learned is that time management is merely a method we can use to break our goals into baby steps which we can schedule to accomplish more easily because they are smaller. The trick is to get the goal defined in such a manner that the micro-steps are readily recognized and scheduled for accomplishment.

One of the most crucial steps to setting goals is the simple act of writing them down. Too many of us ignore the one step that will allow our minds to keep focused on the target. The problem is that we are never religiously focused enough to stay on target. Having written goals allows us to review them frequently. The very act of committing a goal in writing sets it up in our brain as something important to us. Yet, this step is probably the most ignored step in the process of goal accomplishment.

Seven steps of goals:

  1. What benefit will you derive by accomplishing this goal
  2. Write the goal down
  3. Make it measurable and specific
  4. What obstacles are in the way of achieving the goal
  5. List all the knowledge and help you will need to accomplish the goal
  6. Make a detailed plan of accomplishment
  7. Set a date for achieving the goal.

PSA-210424-Now, Not After

I did not write this but WOW does it speak to my heart!

Barely the day started and it is already six in the evening.

Barely arrived on Monday, and it is already Friday,

and the month is already over,

and the year is almost over,

and already 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 years have passed,

and we realize that we lost our parents, friends,

and we realize it is too late to go back.

So, let’s try, despite everything, to enjoy the remaining time.

Let’s keep looking for activities that we like.

Let’ put some color into our grey.

Let’s smile at the things in life that put balm into our hearts.

And despite everything, we must continue to enjoy with serenity this time we have left.

Let’s try to eliminate the “afters” like,

I’m doing it after.

I’ll say after.

I’ll think about it after.

We leave everything for later like “after” is ours.

Because what we don’t understand is that:

Afterwards, the coffee gets cold.

Afterwards, priorities change.

Afterwards, the charm is broken.

Afterwards, health passes.

Afterwards, the kids grow up.

Afterwards, parents get old.

Afterwords, promises are forgotten.

Afterwards, the day becomes night.

Afterwards, life ends,

and then it’s often too late.

So, let’s leave nothing for later.

Because still waiting for later, we can lose the best moments, the best experiences,

best friends,

the best family.

The day is today, the moment is now.

We are no longer at the age where we can afford to postpone what needs to be done right away.

So, let’s see if you have the time to read this message and then share it.

or, maybe you’ll leave it for later, and you’ll never share it.

A Great Way To Start the Day

The first email I responded to this morning was from my cousin Joan. She told me that the video she included was great and it lifted her spirits. I watched the video and concluded she was right. What a great story this man Dr. Lombardi tells about his experience with the very first patient he treated in private practice. Watch it and tell me what you think.

I Hate Creative People

I just watched a short video that made me remember that I hate creative people. Creativity doesn’t come easy for me, and I would say that I am not a creative person, I can be referred to as what is called an innovative emulator. I like to take the other guys creation and build on it to make it better. That is pretty much what General Motors does with car design. Their history was to let Chrysler do all the exciting new stuff like starters, alternators, push button transmissions, and much more. GM would sit back, and wait to see how the public reacted and if it was favorable they took the design and made it work better. They became the world’s largest car maker using that philosophy. They also made a whole bunch more money than did Chrysler.

Even so, I want to be creative, but I have to work my ass off to create something. I should say work my mind off, but I think you might know what I mean. Now that GM has lost the title of the world’s largest car maker to China they will have to be very creative to beat them at the game. Out of curiosity I searched the internet for car companies in China. I counted 74 on Wikipedia. Some of them are even Chinese. Most are existing companies from the world. The number one car builder in China today is Volkswagon. The peoples car is being accepted by the Chinese buyers more than any other brand. GM has three models that are on the charts but very low, Buick, Chevrolet, and Cadillac. Isn’t that all that GM sells anymore, anywhere?

My wandering mind just created a diversion that steered me off my creative course. Instead of discussing creativity I am spouting off car statistics. Like I said above, I hate creative people. I want to be one of them so bad, but my left leaning brain won’t tolerate any competition from the right side.

The closest I can come to being creative is my youngest grand daughter. She is one creative person I love. Her talent is amazing. Ever since she was born I have nurtured her toward being creative. No matter how crappy her drawings were, I complimented them. I always found something in them to rave about. Today, she is a talented artist, photographer, video specialist, and writer. On top of that she is a Mathlete which blows me away because I always believed that creative people can’t add or subtract.

So what provoked me to expound on this hatred of mine? Watch the short video above. It shows an older man who used some pretty simple tools from everyday life to fill his world with fun. I am so jealous. The video tells the whole story.

Customized Shoes by Jenna

Positive Imaging

What to talk about today? The sky is cloudy and rain is imminent. There are still too many weeds to pull in the garden, but I’m not into it. My attitude is dreadfully morose. That condition requires me to work overtime to eliminate. How? By prayer, and huge doses of mindless work of some kind, like writing a post for my blog.

My life which was filled with the activity of caring for my late wife, and has become empty. The virus has cooled my second passion after Peggy, the Lions Club, and I am very down about the members not showing any interest in revving up the juices to serve the community. Many of our members are my age and some older, so they are afraid of their shadow and are hunkered down. I still think I act and feel twenty years younger than the average aged 62 year old in our club. Just yesterday, I attended an online Zoom webinar on virtual fund raising. I was amazed by the activity presented by a newly formed club during the pandemic. They chartered as a virtual club, meaning they don’t meet in person. All of their communication and activities are done using eMail, Messaging, Zoom, Facebook, Youtube, and other social media platforms. They collect money using apps like Go Fund Me and PayPal. Their projects, what ever they are, require fund raising. I have often thought that lots of activities that require fund raising for each one is a smarter way to keep club members engaged and active. The one giant fund raiser of the year approach which our club evolved into requires a huge effort during the fund raising process which wears everyone out for further activity. In the meantime members leave because there is not a lot of activity for them to participate in to bring service to the town, and which gives them a feeling of “giving back”.

Another habit or culture that our aged club has evolved into is to write checks to help causes within the town, this is a good thing. What is bad about it is that the causes are determined by a very limited number of people who decide behind closed doors how much should be donated, and who will get it. The list of charities is then presented to the regular membership for approval. That vote for approval is the only action a person gets to make him feel he is giving back to the community. On the opposite side of this process is the scheme which has members bringing project ideas to the services committee for approval and then they organize into a team to raise funds to bring the idea to fruition. This method gets more members directly involved with the implementation of the service. It all sounds good on paper. The downside is that our culture at this point works against such a system. The one big project for the year system seems to shade out any new activity. It’s kind of like trying to present an idea to Congress who will discuss, debate, present to committee, and maybe vote to bring it into law. Nothing happens fast. In our world today the key words are fast, action, team, solution, next!

Above I stated that I think younger than the average person in the club even though I am in the upper quartile of senior members. I must learn how to present ideas to the hipsters because my ideas don’t gather any interest for action by the young crowd. For them these things all sound like a dirty four letter word spelled W-O-R-K. If they can’t push a button or get it done on a keyboard it isn’t for them to do. That is what frustrates the hell out of me. I can get more done using those tools even though I am a dinosaur pushing the keys and thinking outside the box. All I can do is to continue to push ideas into their brains and hope these thoughts break through the blood-brain-barrier. In the mean time I will remain despondent about my ability to lead this club forward.

Now, I have to take a long walk to build a pile of endorphins, and follow it up with a mediative trance during which I will envision myself making a ground breaking positive presentation that will cause members to line up with ideas and a desire to serve.

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