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From the Editor's keyboard
By Lynda Duffy
Musings, thoughts and ideas from Lynda Duffy, editor of Williams/Grand Canyon News.
Thursday, March 12, 2009

It's time to make every moment count

 Lynda Duffy/Editor
Former Editor

Lately my main focus is on time, assessing how I spend my time and if that time is well spent. I've chosen to make time for activities I truly enjoy and to not waste time executing activities that I truly dread. I discovered it feels just fine to simply say, "Thanks but no thanks." It's actually a huge relief.

It's amazing how time flies when we're having a great time. It seems that when planning and anticipating a brief vacation or road trip, time seems to creep along until the actual adventure begins. Once the adventure is under way, time flies by and too soon, we are back to real life in slow time.

Living real life in slow time can be tedious if we allow ourselves to fall into a rut. Once we reach adulthood, there is no more summer camp and no more activity director to entertain us. Our destiny is in our own hands and it's up to us to decide how we will live our lives.

Some are comfortable living in slow time. They had children because it seemed like the right thing to do. They remain married to the wrong person for many years because change is painful. They go to jobs they hate every day because they don't know how to do anything else or lack the motivation to find something new. Many don't even know they are living life in slow motion.

I want every minute of my life to count. I want to be remembered fondly long after I'm gone. I want to be the best wife, mom and friend. I want to give only my best at work. I will accept nothing less, especially from myself.

To make all this happen, I've picked up my pace while continuing to keep track of my time. Just like at home, at work none of the clocks in the building reflect the same time. Depending on the time of day, I favor certain clocks. I like the clock in my bedroom at home because it is set 10 minutes ahead of time, which gives me 10 extra minutes each day. I like the clock in my truck because it runs 10 minutes behind, making me believe that I'm always on time. And the clocks at work? My clock preference depends if I'm coming or going.

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, March 22, 2009
Article comment by: Mercier

"I want every minute of my life to count". I really appreciate what you've written about time and life. An hour has never the same value. It can be so short on a great day among friends, and so long when you have to fill an administrative form... Thank you for this article, Lynda. You know, I often read Williamnews to feel the beating heart of America, real southwestern life, with its human delights and sorrows. Sure I will remember your newspaper next summer, when I'll drive through Williams with my family. Have a good equinox week-end ! Max (Mercier), from Châlons-en-Champagne, France. (Excuse me for the shaky writing, but I've learnt english at school 35 years ago, so...)

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