Putting Time On Your Side

April 29, 2010 by  
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“Time is part of the measuring system used to sequence events, to compare the durations of events and the intervals between them, and to quantify the motions of objects. Time has been a major subject of religion, philosophy, and science, but defining it in a non-controversial manner applicable to all fields of study has consistently eluded the greatest scholars.” – Wikipedia

Time is a very peculiar measuring system. While we live by the twenty four hour clock, our emotional time works in peculiar ways.

How many of us have experienced life where no matter how long ago certain things have happened they still feel like they happened yesterday?And how many of us, even with the decades adding up, still feel like youngsters inside?

Time has its own beat and trying to understand its “psychological mind” is a losing if not detrimental proposition. Why? For example; how often do we do things and wait for an immediate result and when it doesn’t happen feel angry and frustrate?   Our human mind wants results to follow right after an effort is performed. But time’s mind doesn’t function like that. To time a result happening now or in four decades, its the same because time is not linear.  So what can we do?

We should live life for today and act in the ways we believe to be right for us. We shouldn’t wait to be compensated for our deeds when we do them.  Actually we should do things just for the sake of doing them.  No waiting for any kind of thank you.

Removing the anxiety of time from our lives allows us to be more ourselves and to live more freely. And as we shape the present we also shape the future.

Time, the cradle of hope…. Wisdom walks before it, opportunity with it, and repentance behind it: he that has made it his friend will have little to fear from his enemies, but he that has made it his enemy will have little to hope from his friends. ~Charles Caleb Colton

Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. ~Henry David Thoreau

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Failure, A Path To Success

April 26, 2010 by  
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Failure is an event, never a person.  ~William D. Brown, Welcome Stress!

This is what Wikipedia says about what the criteria for failure is: “The criteria for failure are heavily dependent on context of use, and may be relative to a particular observer or belief system.”

If you spend your life comparing yourself to others and beating yourself down when you failed it is not the world that is against you; it is you who is against yourself.

We so often compare ourselves to others and try to measure up our accomplishments to theirs without any regard for the fact that no two people are alike.  No two people have the same set of upbringing, experiences, or ways to process the world.  So how can we compare our successes and failures to other people?  It would be like comparing an apple to an orange :)

Failure is part of success as much as night is part of day.  Through failure we learn and hone our knowledge and ability so we can eventually succeed at whatever we have set our minds and energy to accomplish.

The difference between people who become successful and the ones that don’t is; the successful people have taken their fall as a way to stand up stronger.   The people that fail take their fall as a way to make sure they will always stay down.

So don’t waste your time chastising yourself.  Learn the lessons as you fail and enjoy the process, which is often more rewarding than the successes themselves.

The only time you don’t fail is the last time you try anything – and it works.  ~William Strong

Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure… it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.  ~Robert Schuller

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