What’s in a day?

Sept 2012 001

That’s a serious question. What is in a day? Well, there are 24 hours in a day. There are 1440 minutes in a day. There are 86,400 seconds in a day. What can you accomplish in a day? Oh, a hell of a lot if you put your mind to it!

In significantly less than a day fanatics changed the world. Now Rome may not have been built in a day but it was started and that’s half the battle.  I actually think that’s the hardest part of any decision: making it. Now executing it may take a little longer….

There is one thing that as a species we seem to be incredibly good at: procrastination. I’m certainly very good at it. It’s amazing how I can talk myself out of doing something. I’m also easily distracted. One more chapter of my book and then I’ll get to cleaning the kitchen. And one more chapter, and one more chapter, and… I can clean the kitchen tomorrow. See how easy it is.

Every morning I have a plan of things I want to accomplish that day. I do love fiction! I sometimes even make lists. I know I’m not the only one who procrastinates. Look at our governments. Look at charities, look at schools.   Our world is in the shape that it’s in, in part, because of the ease of procrastination. People are hungry because we can’t get our act together. People don’t have homes or are sleeping in the mud because the rest of the world can’t quite get the paperwork done. Don’t get me wrong, it is not the root of all evil it is simply one more item in the toolbox of horrors in our world.

I want to be part of the solution. I want to be among those who do something. Physically there isn’t much I can do but that is no reason to not try. I have a voice that I can use. I have a mind and I have a heart. I will make a difference. It may not change the world. But it may change the world for someone else. Even a small assist counts as a helping hand. If you do enough small assists then perhaps you can make a difference with all the other people that are trying as well.

Somebody once said that is small group of dedicated people can make a difference, in deed it’s the only thing that ever does. I don’t remember who said it but I’m certainly not going to forget it.

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6 thoughts on “What’s in a day?

  1. emilievardaman

    Long ago I was part of a group that knew letters to the editor were important. There was one guy stuck at home who couldn’t get out. He would collect the issues and each week he’d call a few people on his list and tell each one what kind of letter was needed.
    In the years he did that, we wrote a LOT of letters and helped shape public opinion and even a few laws.
    At his memorial service after he died, his family had a list of issues and passed them out to everyone there along with a date. On that date we all wrote our letters so the program continued at least a few months after his death.
    I never met that man but I surely loved him.

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  2. Jack Flacco

    Being part of the solution is so hard because you’re always bumping up against those who are part of the problem. I wish you all the best with that. Here’s to being part of the solution (raises glass)!

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