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Never Put Off Till Tomorrow...

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness...never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
- Lord Chesterfield

I often wondered where this quote came from. I don't know who Lord Chesterfield was, but I will find out later, but he was very wise. Time is a privilege. We never know how much...or how little...of it we have left. Only our Creator knows the day and the hour of our death.

I heard it once said to not kill or waste time because once that time is wasted or killed, you cannot get it back to revive it or use it wisely for another purpose.

I also remember Robin Williams' character in DEAD POET'S SOCIETY say, "Carpe Diem (sp)" which means SEIZE THE DAY! Do now what you would like to do tomorrow for you may not have tomorrow to seize!

Life is short enough. When Fall approaches, we look around and wonder where the long hot days of summer went. When Christmas comes and goes, we wonder where the stressful days that lead up to it went. We are always looking back wondering where time went. Maybe it's time to look forward or even stay in the now. Looking back, we are wasting valuable time. And looking back, for some people, could hurt.

No, look forward! Turn your eyes to your goal...whatever or whomever that may be. Keeping your eyes focussed on the goal will allow you to enjoy every moment of every day and cause to you seize every moment so that it is not lost.

Yes, sometimes it is good to look back...to see how far we have come. But that is a rare thing. Look forward to wehre your future lies and look to today, this very moment and seize it for what you want to do. If you snooze you lose.

There are many quotes on time that I can think of off hand, I just don't know the authors of them all:

Waste not want not...even with time.
You cannot take back what you have given away.


If you snooze you lose.
Seize the Day
Live as though Christ died yesterday, rose today and is coming back tomorrow.

For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Time wastes our bodies and our wits, but we waste time, so we are quits. ~Author Unknown

Time flies when you're having fun.

"Time nor tide wait for no man/woman"

"Lost time is never found again"
Benjamin Franklin Ibid 1743

Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.
Jim Bishop

The whole life of man is but a point of time; let us enjoy it.
Plutarch (46 AD - 120 AD)

What may be done at any time will be done at no time.
Scottish Proverb

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

  


Never Put Off Till Tomorrow...

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness...never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
- Lord Chesterfield

I often wondered where this quote came from. I don't know who Lord Chesterfield was, but I will find out later, but he was very wise. Time is a privilege. We never know how much...or how little...of it we have left. Only our Creator knows the day and the hour of our death.

I heard it once said to not kill or waste time because once that time is wasted or killed, you cannot get it back to revive it or use it wisely for another purpose.

I also remember Robin Williams' character in DEAD POET'S SOCIETY say, "Carpe Diem (sp)" which means SEIZE THE DAY! Do now what you would like to do tomorrow for you may not have tomorrow to seize!

Life is short enough. When Fall approaches, we look around and wonder where the long hot days of summer went. When Christmas comes and goes, we wonder where the stressful days that lead up to it went. We are always looking back wondering where time went. Maybe it's time to look forward or even stay in the now. Looking back, we are wasting valuable time. And looking back, for some people, could hurt.

No, look forward! Turn your eyes to your goal...whatever or whomever that may be. Keeping your eyes focussed on the goal will allow you to enjoy every moment of every day and cause to you seize every moment so that it is not lost.

Yes, sometimes it is good to look back...to see how far we have come. But that is a rare thing. Look forward to wehre your future lies and look to today, this very moment and seize it for what you want to do. If you snooze you lose.

There are many quotes on time that I can think of off hand, I just don't know the authors of them all:

Waste not want not...even with time.
You cannot take back what you have given away.


If you snooze you lose.
Seize the Day
Live as though Christ died yesterday, rose today and is coming back tomorrow.

For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Time wastes our bodies and our wits, but we waste time, so we are quits. ~Author Unknown

Time flies when you're having fun.

"Time nor tide wait for no man/woman"

"Lost time is never found again"
Benjamin Franklin Ibid 1743

Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.
Jim Bishop

The whole life of man is but a point of time; let us enjoy it.
Plutarch (46 AD - 120 AD)

What may be done at any time will be done at no time.
Scottish Proverb

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

  


IT'S NEVER TOO LATE...In Fiction

Thursday, November 29, 2012

It's never too late--in fiction or in life--to revise - Nancy Thayer, author

In life, you get one chance at most things. You get one chance to choose to dance with the person who asked or not. You choose to study in school and pass, or redo or drop out. In most decisions, you get one chance to make the decision. Do I accept the job or not? Do I have children or should I pass? Do I get drunk and party hard or not? Do I lose my cool and throw a temper tantrum or work through it? There are endless possibilities.

The nice thing about being a writer myself, is that I can go back and edit. In fact, in school, kids are forced to go back, reread things, edit things, make sure it is what they want to hand it. Because once it's handed in, it's too late to edit and make revisions. In school, you have that one chance that Nancy Thayer is talking about. As a writer, however, you can edit until your heart's content! And even if you write something and it doesn't go over well, you can write something else to correct that mistake! That's the joy of being a writer.

But in human life, we are often given one chance. It's like that saying, When opportunity knocks, open the door and walk on through. I took that chance when I was 21. One of my good friends worked for a reputable department store. She knew I had just had surgery and her boyfriend, the 2nd top manager of the store, came with her to church. I met him and the 3 of us talked. He asked if I wanted a job! Astonished and shocked, I said I'd love one, but asked how he could know I was qualified. He said after talking with me he knew me and that he trusted his girlfriend...my friend's opinion because she had worked with him for many years. I started work within a week! I stayed a year until I went back to school.

What if I had said I don't no or I don't think so? I would not have gotten two raises in one year. I would not have the experience of the Customer Service Centre, the Case Shop where all the money is and where all the cheques are processed and so on. I would not have gotten to know all the managers and so on. I'm glad I took the job, even though it only lasted a year.

Another choice I was faced with was when I was extremely sick with epilepsy. I was having 5-20 seizures each day while on 4000-5000mg of anti-seizure medication daily. My neurologist sent me to see specialists. After waiting for 2 years, I went in for observation/treatment. I was the last person in the 4-bed unit and I was the first one scheduled for surgery. It was decision time. I was told the odds...98% chance of never having a seizure again without meds, and 2% chance of never having seizures again with meds. Despite the odds, I was terrified. I had to make a decision instantly. I signed the consent form and I had surgery. Was it successful? It is almost 19 years since I had a Right Temporal Lobectomy and I have not had one seizure and I am on no anti-seizure medication.

If I had said no to the operation, with no word of a lie, I'd likely be dead by now. Like the quote says, it's never too late to revise (or go back and redo it) IN FICTION.

We live in real life, real time. We can't stop our lives like when we take a break from reading a book where time stands still until we pick it back up again. We live in reality. We have one chance to make a decision. We may have several opportunities to make the same or similar decisions, but we still only get one chance per decision.

If you are going to make decisions, make them wisely.


You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never now how soon it will be too late. Ralph Waldo Emerson


Everything comes too late for those who only wait.
Elbert Hubbard

Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.
Benjamin Franklin

There are 5 things you cannot recover:
The stone...after the throw!
The word...after it is said!
The occasion...after the loss!
The time...after it's gone!
The action...once it is done!

Don't take the chance that you will wish to revise your life. . STOP, THINK, BREATHE, LOOK, RESPOND . It's a 5 step process. STOP what y ou are doing. Think about what is going on and what the appropriate thing to say or do would be. BREATHE a few deep breaths to slow yourself down. LOOK around at the situation and decide if it is worth reacting or responding to. RESPND once you have calmed down or thought it through. It's through these steps you are more likely to make a better informed decision than if you just REACT. You can't turn back the time so take the time to make the best choice for you, your life, and your future.

  
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YOBOELI 11/29/2012 8:13PM

    What a great story, That is so wonderful Good LUck

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Just Checking In

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I know it has been a long time since I've been here, but there have been a lot of issues I have been dealing with. I've been dealing with difficult family issues for the last year and a half, and just recently cut off a relationship with my mom. I've had mobility issues and use a walker due to my 5 chronic back conditions. Now I am having lung issues, unable to breathe, daily dizziness and feeling like I'm going to pass out. Likely all is related to stress, which is why I have been resting as much as possible aside from daily chores and a daily walk.
I will make an effort to be here at least 3 times/week, but I make no promises.
Thank you to Georgine for her note of encouragement and the SparkGoodie that was the influence to bring me back here today. You are an angel in disguise to me today. Your encouragement was much needed and very much appreciated.
God bless one and all.
I got this photo from Facebook :)

  
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CAPTAINMORGAN2 11/28/2012 12:35PM

    Nice to hear from you, i think of you often as you were one of the Spark friends that helped me so much to find my way around, not that i have it all figured out yet and am still learning. I was concerned because i knew you had health and family issues. i am sorry about having to cut off a relationship with your mom. I read a lot of posts like that, sometimes we have to do what is needed for our own well being. My mom was my rock and I miss her a lot, she will be gone 2 years this coming January and I miss her every day, especially at Xmas but my kids keep me going as well as friends and Spark friends. Remember we are always here if you need us. I hope you will be feeling better, glad you keep up walking etc. I still struggle with staying consistent but am doing better now. Visit with us when you can and feel like it. emoticon Georgine

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Now, and Only Now

Monday, May 07, 2012

The present is what slips by us while we're pondering the past and worrying about the future. - Ziggy, cartoon foible

I'm guilty. I'm guilty of sitting in my chair and wondering what is going to happen at the meeting tomorrow. I'm guilty of laying in bed feeling sorry for myself for what I went through in the past. I'm guilty of letting the present moment slip by without a thought of the time I am wasting.

I think we can all relate to worrying about tomorrow and dwelling on the past and in so doing, losing the gift of today, the present. We are human and it is going to happen. However, it doesn't have to be the norm for us. We can make a conscious decision to leave the past where it is...behind us and to not worry about what may come, because tomorrow may never come! It is best for us if we appreciate the current moment and make the most of every small second we have here on earth.

Everyday has value in it, but it is up to us to find it. We say it has been a GOOD DAY or it has been a BAD DAY. Why not leave the good and bad out and just say it's been a day? When we say it's been a BAD day, it is my personal opinion that not everything in that day had to be bad. There had to be some good. To start, you are still alive, able to type, able to eat, etc. And while saying it's been a GOOD day is not a bad thing, we can set ourselves up for becoming depressed if all of a sudden our many GOOD DAYS take a turn for the worst.

I once was taught, and have never forgot that we should never waste time nor should we kill time. I had never thought about it until that person said something. Now when I think of my days, I try not to waste one minute of it. That doesn't mean that I don't take days that I do nothing and relax. It means that I don't take for granted the time I have. Nobody knows when their time is going to be up.

In the Christian world there is a saying:
Live as though Christ died Yesterday, rose Today and is coming back Tomorrow.
The essence of the saying? To make the most of every moment of every day. Don't put off until later what you are thinking about doing now. Don't put off making amends with people you have hurt. Don't put off telling the people you cherish that you love them. Do what you desire NOW. Utilize every moment that you have because once the moment is gone, you cannot get it back. Don't let fear hold you back from fulfilling your dreams before it is too late. Don't let pride hold you back from making amends with someone you have hurt. Don't wait to tell people how important they are to you. Don't miss any opportunity to do what it is you want or need to do.

Cherish each moment you get and make the most of your time. Once our time on this Earth is over, that's it. There are no second chances, so don't make the mistake of not doing the things you desire, dream and need to do. Don't waste time and don't kill time. When you are waiting, do something useful so you won't regret it when you are older.

Face your fears, chase your dreams, follow your heart and be as wise as a serpent while gentle as a dove. Unless we face our fears, we cannot chase our dreams. Unless we are as wise as serpents we can become prey to the longings in our hearts. Be as gentle as a lamb and as optimistic as the chirping bird in the morning mist. Why?

Because one day you will not wake up to remember them and cherish them anymore. Enjoy your time. Use it wisely. Do what needs to be done but also take time for yourself to enjoy the things you do and make memories of them to pass on to the next generation - even if, like myself - you have no children. There will be people interested in our history later on in life, just as people are interested in the ancient ruins of various places overseas. Leave a mark, a legacy, a piece of yourself and tell your story for the future generations to learn from and reminisce about what it might have been like if they had lived then. And for Heaven's sake, let's make this world a better and cleaner place than we found it for us. Cherish the moment, and the environment we live the moment in.

We have now to cherish each sunrise and each sunset.
But life doesn't come with a Wishing Well that can make time turn back.
So follow your dreams, cherish the moment and share your love.
Because one day the music will stop and you will be out of chances.


  


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