"A day without laughter is a day wasted." - Charlie Chaplin
It had been a long day. I was in California to deliver an evaluation report to a client. The day before, I had several telephone/web meetings with clients on the east coast and Midwest – so 3 time zones had to be taken into consideration. The calls began at 6:00am (9:00 in Florida), so I was up at 4:30am to get in my walk, shower and first cup of coffee.
After the meetings, I had a long drive ahead on a clogged California highway. In the late afternoon, a manager from the California client, Alissa, sent an email about lunch the next day. The briefing was scheduled from 8:30am to 1:00pm. They were being thoughtful, and bringing in food. I’m lucky to have clients like that.
“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” – W.B. Yeats
It was a perfect September day. Warm sun on our shoulders, with a slight breeze cooling our faces. We sat on a bench enjoying an ice cream, a defiant act to the calendar’s declaration that summer was over.
At first glance, the meadow just looked like an overgrown field. The longer we sat, we could see the butterflies roaming from one plant to another, performing the pollinating ballet. Following their flight, we could see the multitudes of distinct colors of the flowers – purples, yellows, browns and so many shades of green.
“A free man possesses time.” – Erling Kagge
Alarm clocks. Time clocks. Clocks on our wrists. Clocks on our phones.
Paper calendars. Electronic calendars. Internet-enabled calendars.
Factory whistles. School bells. Meeting notifications.
Constant reminders of the many ways time is passing by – by the minute, by the hour, by the day. We’ve developed many different ways to measure the passage of time. It’s just as important that we recognize the value of time.
“The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time.” – Richard Cecil
I’m very lucky to have a job that I love. Working with clients, teaching classes, speaking for industry groups, and traveling to some beautiful parts of our country. But as the saying goes, sometimes you can have too much of a good thing.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
I’ve been in the mailing industry for more than 3 decades, attending national conferences and trade shows for more than 25 years, and being a presenter for the past 23 years. I’ve been there, done that, and seen it all. Or have I?