(originally publisehd March 18, 2005)

There’s a funny thing about time; it’s the only thing in life that you can never get more of. Once you take a breath, you can’t go back in time and get another one; each breath is unique. Once you blink, you can’t go back and capture that blink; each blink is unique.

To each person, time is finite. On earth, we each have 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, 86,400 seconds a day to try to get something done. Truthfully, you only have between 58 and 75% of that time, because we all need sleep in order to survive.

Why am I going into this look at time? Who among us hasn’t said, at least once a week if not at least once a day, “I don’t have the time to…”? I know I’m not the only one, and I’m betting that every single person in the modern world has utters those words often. Sometimes, our days are so packed with things we feel we need to do that we end up not doing anything because it seems so daunting. Other times, we get a lot accomplished, but it only seems to create more things that have to be done, or need to be done, or that you want to do.

Time can be a friend or an enemy. If you have many projects to complete and they all needed to be finished yesterday, time is your enemy. If you’re out to dinner with a close friend that you haven’t seen in awhile and the two of you can stay out as long as you want to without any encumbrances, time is your friend.

This is a small sample of my latest newsletter on time. If you’d like to see more, you can go to my newsletters page, subscribe, and you’ll be able to read the entire article.