Time And Trader Joe’s

July 11, 2009 by  
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I have just come back from shopping at Trader Joe’s.  While paying for my grocery the cashier asked me how my day was going.  I think it is company policy to always ask customers if they have found everything they needed and how is their day going. 

Anyway, I said “Fine thank you.  How about yours?”  To which he replied “okay, it’s been busy here which helps the day go by faster”.  I knew what he meant but for the first time it hit me that this young man was hoping that his life, because of where and what he was doing, would go by fast. 

So if he works there a forty hour week for a year, he will have hoped that one thousand nine hundred and twenty hours of his life, which is the equivalent to eighty days, went by fast. 

Of course we all have to do things that we don’t like or care about in our lives, sometimes to earn a living sometimes for other reasons and I don’t know what the solution is but I’m sure the young man will regret all the time that he has wanted to go by fast when he gets to the end of his life and he no longer has any time to waste and each day, hour and minute will mean something. 

Maybe if we live in the moment and try to really have exchanges with others we might not wish for time to go by fast, it just will.

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