What is time? I posed that question to my father when I was a young boy. His answer has been with me ever since. "Danny," he said..."Time is the rich man's way of telling the poor man when to be at work."
I can't argue with his definition. Of course, he was being simplistic and answering only one aspect of that thing that measures our lives. In fact, it really is the primary measurement of our entire existence. "How old is she?" "How long has he been working here?" "Ahh...what a cutie - and he's grown so quickly in 15 months!" "When did the Earth come into being?" Our questions and statements about time are constant. You've probably checked the time an inordinate amount today - just like most people.
We live our lives governed by time. Meetings, deadlines, benchmarks, and other markers of life, are all gauged on, and by, time. But...what REALLY is it in the grander scheme of our everyday lives? How could we measure things without time?
Time, to me, is just the constant presence of now. That's it. Our time measurements can only happen in the now. As I'm writing this article each moment is a new now. The future only exists in our minds - as does the past. Time is a floating "now" machine. Yeah...I get it. You're gonna say, "Wait a minute - I lived yesterday - I know it for a fact. And...I'm planning for tomorrow because, hopefully, I'll be able to do the things I've posted in my planner." To that I say, "You're absolutely correct!" However, they only happened, or will happen, in a particular now.
When you leave this wonderful spinning globe, will time have any meaning? No. So...time is relative (as Einstein stated). Can it really be wasted. No. Only the efforts you deem necessary and the deadlines you self-imposed are judged, not the time you lived doing (or not doing) them.
With that said, I hope you've enjoyed your time reading this post and perhaps you'll give time a bit more thought. After all...for us it's finite - and now.
Attitude is everything. Your outlook on life can motivate you or bring you down. We live in a world of constant change. There's no denying that life is permanently temporary. Yet...it's how one deals with those changes that can make the voyage a tough row to hoe or a incredible vista to enjoy.
We are all fortunate to be alive, and for that we should be grateful. That gratitude often brings with it a feeling of awe and can inspire us to do things we never thought possible. Having a positive attitude, along with the gratitude of our existence, enables us to make it through the toughest of times. When we are faced with adversity and have the courage to fight through the "pain," the level of fortitude we exhibit can make the result that much more enriching - a life lesson that we can carry with us until the end of our days.
Seeing those traits of greatness in ourselves leads to an understanding of what magnitude truly is. It is a recognition of our ability to endure and a realization that the results which have manifested from our actions are both satisfying and fulfilling. Those are attributes that some people have not yet learned.
Sometimes we are given an epiphany - a special moment when we know that our attitude can, indeed, lift us to new heights, when our gratitude can enable us to intensify our senses and completely "take in" the beauty that exists around us, and when our perseverance has brought us to a place we had only previously hoped to experience. That amazing instance can change our lives forever. However, life's journey can also cause those same realizations to occur over time. Either way...they prove to us that magnitude is an entirely reachable human state.
The world has been going through a perceived crises for some time now. Unemployment rates are high around the globe and here in the United States the economy and jobs have been a pressing issue for the last decade.
During last November's elections there was a cry, by some folks, to elect people who will help the "job creators" - whatever that means. Never overly specific as to how those jobs would be created, the proponents of the "job creators" always tend to believe that giving economic breaks to, and loosening government regulations on, businesses will ultimately create those elusive jobs. But, I have a better idea! I've mentioned this in class many times to my university business students.
Here it is: do away with ALL government regulations on businesses. They can pollute as much as they want, ruin our water, air, and ground, to whatever extent they choose. They can also pay whatever wages they want as well...minimum wage laws would be done away with, totally. Soon, people would be hired in droves.
Plus, because there would be so much pollution, new companies would be formed to clean up all the mess our now non-regulated businesses would create. Ah...entrepreneurial ingenuity! Employment would boom! There would probably be more jobs than people to fill them.
Of course, there are MAJOR drawbacks. No one would be able to breathe clean air and respiratory sicknesses would skyrocket even further than they are now (the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries would then...need more employees too), our water would be a mess and unhealthy to drink unless heavily filtered, the plants grown in our ground would be contaminated (as would be the ground itself), the animals that ate the plants would, most likely, become less healthy (including us), and our overall health rates would deteriorate quicker than they are today (the U.S. is ranked 51st among nations of the world in life expectancy).
It is very, very, unlikely that the cleaner-uppers would be able to make our environment clean enough to negate the constant pollution emitted by the messer-uppers. And - most of us, and our children, and their children, and their children, would have an extremely tough time existing in such an environment, let alone have the money to buy much more than basic necessities.
But...people would have their precious "jobs."
It is interesting to me that people put jobs on a higher pedestal than quality of life. To paraphrase a Native-American Chief who was addressing the "White Man" about work and jobs - his words are so very prophetic: "What is this thing you call work? Everything you need is right here."
So, be careful what you wish for, strive for, and desire. Unless you fully think it through and attempt to make sure that it enhances the quality of life for everyone (including, of course, yourself), and everything, on this Earth...it can wind up being the cause of your own demise.
Love is complex. Yet, it's as simple as any other emotion we possess. The feeling of love can be experienced when a parent looks at his or her child or his or her own parents, siblings, or dear friends. Love shields us, it reveals us, and it exposes us like an open book. We need to love like we need to eat. It's part of our basic wants and desires. Everyone feels the same. However, those who do not get enough love may (like a person with malnutrition) become ill or die, or...seek it in ways that may be harmful to themselves and others.
Being a loving person can help everyone, including yourself. By spreading love, we spread peace, calmness, and feelings of respect for others. Those things alone can help heal the ailments of the world and many individuals who inhabit it.
There is, of course, another aspect of love. And that is the feeling of being IN love. It's passion, admiration, desire, and physical and mental "rushes" all wrapped into one. Being IN love often gets misinterpreted with infatuation (which eventually wears off). While REALLY being IN love is knowing that the other person gets you, fits you "like a glove," and excites you. And - is respectful enough not to want to control you.
When a person feels love it encompasses their being. We all know the affect it can have. Each of us may react in a slightly different manner, but - generally, our emotions are reflective of the positives that love brings. So...if you recognize that love is one of the most powerful elements of life and that the positive energy it conveys can cure so many problems, why not use it to do just that? What could be better than living in a world filled with love?
Ambiguity can be a daunting thing. Lots of people have a very low tolerance for ambiguous situations/problems/ and the puzzles of life. Yet...there is a simple way to deal with the enigmatic things that face us in life.
People tend to become overwhelmed when situations become too complex. They often would rather walk away from the process, wait until it either goes away (which it usually doesn't), or hope that someone else finds a solution (which may take a lot of time). However, if you stand back and take stock of what may seem like, the enormity of the situation, you may find your answer. Think about a picture or a jigsaw puzzle. Each, from afar, looks like a complete graphic image, but...as you get closer, you realize that both are made up of little (often tiny) pieces, or pixels.
A easy way to deal with ambiguity is to break the situation down into smaller segments as well. If you wanted to start a business, you wouldn't find a store, rent it, and then try to figure out what you wanted to sell. No...you'd think about your idea and the passion behind it, decide on which products or services you wanted to provide, figure out who you wanted to sell to (demographically), search for the best vehicles by which to market your products (and research as to why they are), recognize who you need to help you build your organization into a success, project out your financials (such as cash flow, your break even point, and expenses), develop a name, logo, and design your store and website. Plus, do whatever else you have to do to make your new venture into the dream you envisioned.
So...how does one deal with ambiguity? They turn it into amsmalluity! Relax, put things into perspective, break things into manageable segments, accomplish one thing at a time. And - before you know it...you will have turned that ambiguous situation into a satisfying result!