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July 9, 2010 [More archived home pages here]

Waiting For The Moment


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Today's song is Time Is On My Side by The Rolling Stones, released in 1964.

When I was a young person I had very little patience. It was a hectic lifestyle trying to fit 48 hours into each day. That approach caused me a lot of stress.

When I entered the U.S. Naval Reserves in 1970 I had a chance to learn some patience. The long useless hours waiting in line, standing for inspection, marching around to unintelligible verbal commands, impresses patience on most people. I was one so impressed with patience.

After three years of marriage, our daughter was born. Those lessons of patience came in handy. A baby waking up every two hours and crying, needing to be fed, needing to be changed, those are tasks for patient parents.

Learning new skills in different jobs, making mistakes, standing in long unemployment lines when the economy turned down, requires a steadfast personal fortitude.

As I aged I found that time was my friend. Having time as a friend makes life so much easier. So does standing back and letting the rush of humanity collide with each other in their mad desire to save a few minutes of time getting somewhere or accomplishing a task. I admit I was just like that decades ago. Very few matters in life require such urgency.

Maybe our nation should adopt laws to prevent a person from working more than 40 hours a week. It would be outlawed to work a minute past that duration. I know it won't happen. Americans love to stress themselves out by adding too many tasks to their lives in pursuit of something better later on. I've got news for them, delayed gratification is a myth.

I find I can nowadays accomplish just as much by better planning and starting ahead of time, staying focused on the task at an easy pace. I live the modified adage, "There is always time to do it right and never time to do it over."

Don


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