Thursday, February 21, 2013
                                      Winter Edition 241
russell_newRussell R. Shippee
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 "Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now.


Steven Wright




 "I intend to live forever... so far, so good."



Steven Wright 




"The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom."  



James Allen

"You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day - unless you're too busy; then you should sit for an hour. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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It is school vacation week in many parts of the USA this week. For some it's a joy, and for others, it'll feel like time stopped. Kids! The week will be a joy or torture and you get to determine what it will be. Yes, you!

If you charted your course, and you have kids, you had a plan for the vacation week. Most likely, you'd have planned to accomplish less based on the additional time you'd get, get the privilege to spend time with your children. Enjoy it, too soon it will be gone.

As you read the article below on Time Stops, make a list of the times that time stopped for you. Then, go back and relive the feeling and the emotions of the experience. It's powerful and enlightening. You'll appreciate it. 

My course is charted. School vacation week is more time with the grandchildren. Then, I get to be a kid and go skiing for a week. Once home, it's time to start on the boat. My plan is to find someone to assist me preparing the boat for the summer. Planning to share the load is always a good plan. Do you share the load?

This is the third week I have questions at the bottom. It's because people keep writing to me about them so I am leaving them for another week to be sure you all get a chance to review them.

Remember, if the answers to the questions were easy, you'd have already done them. How about NOW?

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When was the last time time stopped for you?

It seems time goes faster and faster each day and year. How often have you said, "I don't have enough time"?

Occasionally, time stops for all of us. It's eerie, spooky, and unsettling. When time stops there is a void, emptiness, and a vast period of nothing. When time stops for us it feels like the whole world has slowed or stopped. We see ourselves, perhaps for the first time, as being part of, and also separate from, time itself. It's uncomfortable.

When our time stops others continue on with their lives and time keeps racing for them. But, for us, we sit and nothing moves, nothing happens. Time has stopped.

We are all aware that when we have fun time goes fast, when we have too much to do time goes fast, and when we hate what we are doing time drags. While time itself never changes, we change and our perception of time changes.  

Time stops for many reasons. When a loved one dies, time stops. We just sit, all has come to an end.

When we finish a big project and the rush is over, time may stop. College students after the last exam or in business after the big presentation time may stop. It's over. It's done. There is time, there is no haste, we breathe, we rest in the stopped time.

When time stops for us we are uncomfortable. It's eery, frightening, and it's not normal. We are anxious and want time to start again, quickly.  This is time when we can look at ourselves, what we stand for, what we do, and what we don't do.  It can be challenging, however it also helps to give us balance in life.  

When time stops we heal, we become aware, and we learn. We learn from the void. We see that we need not rush all the time, that we have all the time we need.  Stopped time has value for us, rest in it, feel it, allow yourself to get comfortable.

Time never changes, and once wasted, can't be reclaimed. Time is life itself, and we all have the same 24 hours each day. The difference is in how we use it.

When we are racing, behind and stressed, the best thing we can do is nothing. Sit for a time. Let the world go by. Sit and realize it does not matter. Often that for which we are rushing still gets done or doesn't truly matter that much.

Don't fight time, you won't win. It's a gift to be used. Use it wisely. Wisely does not mean being busy all the time. On your deathbed you'll never say, 'I wish I spent more time at the office'. Too many of us wonder what we did do with all the time.

Sit with time stopped. Feel it, know it, appreciate it. Then, when time starts again, you will be better equipped to use it wisely and effectively for the important things.

QUESTIONS for 2013

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What has to change for it to be a great year?

How will I make the change?

Who do I want to help me and to hold me accountable?

What are my top 5 goals?

What do I have to stop doing?

What do I have to start doing?

What control do I need to take back?

What risks have I avoided that I need to take this year?

If I could not fail, what would I truly want to do?

Is this the year for me to be my best self?

What do I have to change to be excited about my life?

What adventures do I want in 2013?

If I died this year, would I be satisfied with the life I have lived?