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“Time is a gift; given to you

“Time is a gift; given to you, given to give you the time you need, the time you need to have the time of your life.” - Norton Juster-The Phantom Tollbooth

So much to do, so little time! Haven’t we all used that phrase at one time or another in our lives? Thanks to technological advances, it seems like the more time we free up, the more activities we find to stuff into that “free” time. We’re busier now than we’ve ever been at any point in human history. “If time flies when you’re having fun, it hits the afterburners when you don’t think you’re having enough,” Jef Mallett said.

Many people operate under the assumption that time is a scarce commodity. It’s hard, as a human being, to think of time in any way except in linear terms. However, there is clock time and there is psychological time.

Information overload is another malady of the 21st century. We have it coming at us from every direction - television, radio, newspapers, magazines, daily mail, catalogs, newsletters, etc. Every time we turn around, we’re being bombarded with more information. Max Frisch said, “Technology is a way of organizing the universe so that man doesn’t have to experience it.” So, is technology really our friend or our foe?

We long for the “good old days” when life was slower, less busy, and much less frantic. People used to relax in the evenings, read books, and just kick back. Well, not any more these days. Every minute of every day is filled to capacity with more and more activities.

Women especially have much fuller days than ever before. Most work a full time job, and then go home to another full time job. She’s chief cook, bottle washer, homework helper, washerwoman, and housekeeper. Much has already been written on how a woman balances work and family. Gloria Steinam said, “I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine the time for marriage and a career.

Men are busier these days too, as they help their mates on the home front. Kids have tons of activities in the afternoon and evening as well; and that means at least one parent driving, and the other cooking and cleaning. It’s turned into a rat race. Lily Tomlin tells us “no matter who wins the race, we’re still rats.”

Short of retiring from the rat race, if that’s even possible, what’s a body to do? How do we find the time? Well, there’s the rub. We don’t find the time, but we make the time. That’s crucial. And that requires organization and lots of it.

“One thing you can’t recycle is wasted time.” - Anonymous


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