“May you live every day of your life”
Sunday night, to wrap up what was a full, fun Thanksgiving weekend, our middle son, Barry, and I went to the theater to see the movie “In Time”. I wanted to see the movie with Barry because he has written a provocative monologue and song about time. I first gave my talk, “Time – A New Dimension,” in 1972. [Making Moments Matter https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=eACPfmq3ZGI] I have given this talk to hundreds of audiences and it became the framework for my book Making Moments Matter – 89 Tools For Taking Charge of Your Time. The movie provides a provocative way to help viewers think differently about time. It has always been our objective to help our listeners and readers place a higher value on their time, to pay more attention to how we use our most scarce resource. I wanted to get Barry’s impressions, feedback and perspective.
All of our vocabularies are naturally filled with many references to time – “got a minute,” “his time was up,” “we are running out of time,” “don’t have enough time.” One of my favorite lines (this will mean much more to you after you have seen the movie) is “you can do a lot in a day.”
There’s a scene where at the end of the day, our hero, Will Salas (played by Justin Timberlake), has been doing factory piece-work all day (in this world you are paid at the end of every day), he says, “Wait. That’s only half of what I earned.” The paymaster responds, “You didn’t make quota.” Will insists, “Yes, I did.” The paymaster responds, “We raised the quota.” They live in an arbitrary, inflationary world where prices, quotas and interest rates go up every day. [trailer link https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=fdadZ_KrZVw]
I came away from this film, having seen it twice now, with the renewed realization that true living is more than just “putting in our time,” and how long we live has little
to do with how long we have been alive.
“If our true nature is permitted to guide our life, we grow healthy, fruitful and happy. Yet ninetyeight percent of us die before we taste the nectar of our magnificence.”
- Abraham Maslow
The action I call you to take as we move through this highly charged Christmas season with all its’ rushing and deadlines is to see the adornments of the season with fresh eyes.
Stop for a moment of time before you launch into the season to ask what you want this season to mean to you. After you get a sense of your true values, then insist that the activities you engage in support your values. All of the special music, decorations, gift giving, carol singing, food, and parties will have an added special dimension. Doing this can help ensure that this holiday season is the most joyous of your life, and you will move into 2012 with greater confidence and a renewed sense of hope for a brighter future.
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