The Attitude Doc- Weekly Life Change Lessons

Tools That Can Change Your Life:
Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick. It seems like yesterday when I would wait in line at the post office and feel a sense of urgency as I saw the seconds “click” away on a large digital clock bringing the 20th century to a close. I recall that it made me a bit irritable watching those red square numbers change so swiftly. I wanted to scream at it, “SLOW DOWN – I have a lot of living to do.”

I just learned that the anti-aging industry is projected to be a trillion dollar industry before long. The Baby Boomers are running after every means and device to stop time, look younger, and be happy. I want it NOW.

How much power do you give the clock? For one week now most of the country has switched to Daylight Savings time. Have you adjusted to the new time yet? How do you feel about losing an hour of your life? Time—what an interesting concept we’ve all agreed to. And from the “experts”:

  • In The Power of Now, author Eckhart Tolle reminds us, practically on every page, that all we have is the moment. And in that moment we get to create basically heaven or hell, with our thoughts. We are powerful beings and responsible for the degree of happiness in our life.
  • “If you feel there aren’t enough hours in a day, just wait,” says Max Tegmark, a cosmologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “In a few hundred million years, tidal friction will have slowed Earth’s rotation to make the day 25 hours long.” Physics tells us that all moments exist equally, at once⁐it’s only our consciousness that distinguishes the present from the past or future. Or, as cosmologist Tegmark puts it, “If life were a movie, physical reality would be the entire DVD: future and past frames exist just as much as the present one.”
  • “In terms of our inner lives, no time exists except for what is happening in the present moment,” says Joan Halifax Roshi, a Zen Buddhist teacher.
  • David Allen, author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, says, “‘Time management’ is a foolish idea. You don’t manage time. Have you ever mis-managed five minutes and come up with six? Or four-and-a-half? Time just is. Our actions are what we manage, during time.” Our actions are what we manage. Right on David.

I think Jim Croce may speak for many of us as his song Time In A Bottle is such a classic. Can you relate?

If I could make days last forever, If words could make wishes come true…

There never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do once you find them…

The lesson today is simple and one that can deeply enrich your life when you live it. So what if we spring ahead and fall back—seize the day. Carpe Diem. Time doesn’t fly anywhere, it just is. Time waits for no one, it just is. Whether the moment is the best or the worst, it is the only one there is.

  • What are you doing with your time?
  • How are you living the now?
  • Are your thoughts creating the future you desire?
  • Only you can set new course, if your life isn’t working for you.
  • Only you can determine the degree of joy you feel.
  • Only you can develop a positive attitude.
  • Only you can give up the story you tell over and over again.
  • Only you can allow life to unfold perfectly.

As I recognize that time is man-made, I declare this day, to be in charge of the moments in my life with ease, guidance and trust. The clock is a tool that I benefit from and use at my command.

Lost yesterday, somewhere between Sunrise and Sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever.

Horace Mann

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