“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.”
― Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper
Mitch Albom came out with a new book this week called The First Phone Call from Heaven. It tells the story of a town of people that starts getting phone calls from the afterlife and the joy in hearing that persons voice one last time. Enjoy the times you have and make sure you are living every day to the fullest because you can never be sure when your clock may be punched. I’m going to start reading it this weekend and I’m sure – like all the Mitch Albom books I’ve read I’ll highlight a number of passages that are significant to me. The one above was one that hit me because the fear of death paralyzes me at times and at other times it makes me go faster so that I can fit more into a day – but what is the quality of that day. When we rush through things and just tick the box what have we really accomplished?
Photo of the Day – Hallett Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park
The mountains settle me – they have since I was 25 and made my first trip to Montana. There is just something about the significance of them and the fact that they’ve been around for millions of years that makes the whole tick the box thing just seem foolish. I’m planning our upcoming trip to Belize in April and trying to build in more ‘down’ time for my wife and I. It’s a struggle for me since I do still have this innate desire to see everything but I know for a fact the memories I make are much sweeter when I slow down and breath a little bit.