In Just 5 Minutes

I had a rotten night last night. Barking dogs, noisy wind chimes, bad dreams. Awake every 2 hours. So, at 4 something I got up.

It would be several hours before sleeping beauty would become conscious.

I went through my normal routine: scoured the Net, made coffee, and practiced my ukulele.

While practicing, my eyes came to rest on my old Westclox, “electric,” school clock. I became transfixed by the, never ceasing, sweeping motion of the big red second hand. Remember those? I became acutely aware of those seconds slipping away like a greased pig.

They are eating away what’s left of my life! There they go, never to return; disappearing in the rear view mirror. Watch ’em speed along and turn into minutes . . . then 5 minute segments whiz by.

I got up to pour a cup of brew and returned. Without my permission it had moved. There went more of my life in the dumpster, thanks for nothin’.

There are two things a sane man is aware of. What he can control and what he can’t.

I could unplug the clock or throw a brick at it, reducing it to broken glass, twisted metal, miniature wheels and springs. That would stop the unruly beast!

Eventually, however, I would buy another clock, to replace the one lying there moaning, plug it in and . . . what’s this? It is impossible to set the new clock to the old time. Time stands still for no one. It has a mind of its own. It’s totally out of control! Are we? Do we Care?

Is there anything we can do to save those 5 minutes, to make them count for something?

1. Have a box of Thank You cards on hand. Take just one of those slippery 5 minute segments, write a thank you note to someone. Just like the ‘good old days.’

In case you didn’t know, ‘thank you’ means . . . I appreciate the benefit I have received from you. Get in the habit of saying, ‘thank you,’ often.
Say, ’thank you,’ to family members as well as to others. Say, ‘thank you,’ to the waiter or waitress, the bagger at the grocery store, everyone. As a side note: Notice if your dinner companion says, ‘thank you,’ to the waiter. It will tell you a lot about him/her.

2. The next time someone is sharing a thought with you really, really listen. Look in their eyes and listen intently until they are finished. Doesn’t matter if they are a 2 year old trying to form their first words or 92 year old trying to form their last. Listen; those moments will pass forever.

There are 10 factors that build all meaningful relationships. Thanking and Listening are two of them. There are 8 more. You will find them on this site. They are worth looking for. Nothing is more important!

The rewards of recognizing and employing the 10 factors give unprecedented joy to life. Only those who know what they are and how to use them, fully understand their power.

In just five minutes you can make someone’s day. You can make those minutes count, forever!  Take 5!

 

4 Responses to In Just 5 Minutes
  1. Bobbie
    August 3, 2011 | 6:02 am

    Genuinely wise, well written article. An impactful reminder that life is short; a useful tool in setting priorities and accomplishing them. Good work.

  2. Carol Lapp
    August 23, 2011 | 9:30 am

    Read this again today. On my way over to visit my 92 year old friend who is suddenly giving in to her age. She is just as spry as usual, in her mind, still wants to do what we used to, longs to go for our lunches together each week. Wants to sit and sew with me, wants to take out her trash, walk to her neighbors, but her five minutes and mine, with her, are closing in. I don’t plan to miss a minute that I am able to be with her, because sitting here right now, I know how much I will miss her. Thanks for reminding everyone that five minutes lived now can be an everlasting memory later.

    • Elaine McLellan
      August 23, 2011 | 12:46 pm

      Carol, you are a true ‘doer’ of Love. Bless you!

  3. DebRaS
    August 31, 2011 | 6:28 am

    Love it, Jim! Heard your voice as I was reading. Thank you for reminding us all what we know and need to continually remember! Cheers, Deb ♥

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In Just 5 Minutes

I had a rotten night last night. Barking dogs, noisy wind chimes, bad dreams. Awake every 2 hours. So, at 4 something I got up.

It would be several hours before sleeping beauty would become conscious.

I went through my normal routine: scoured the Net, made coffee, and practiced my ukulele.

While practicing, my eyes came to rest on my old Westclox, “electric,” school clock. I became transfixed by the, never ceasing, sweeping motion of the big red second hand. Remember those? I became acutely aware of those seconds slipping away like a greased pig.

They are eating away what’s left of my life! There they go, never to return; disappearing in the rear view mirror. Watch ’em speed along and turn into minutes . . . then 5 minute segments whiz by.

I got up to pour a cup of brew and returned. Without my permission it had moved. There went more of my life in the dumpster, thanks for nothin’.

There are two things a sane man is aware of. What he can control and what he can’t.

I could unplug the clock or throw a brick at it, reducing it to broken glass, twisted metal, miniature wheels and springs. That would stop the unruly beast!

Eventually, however, I would buy another clock, to replace the one lying there moaning, plug it in and . . . what’s this? It is impossible to set the new clock to the old time. Time stands still for no one. It has a mind of its own. It’s totally out of control! Are we? Do we Care?

Is there anything we can do to save those 5 minutes, to make them count for something?

1. Have a box of Thank You cards on hand. Take just one of those slippery 5 minute segments, write a thank you note to someone. Just like the ‘good old days.’

In case you didn’t know, ‘thank you’ means . . . I appreciate the benefit I have received from you. Get in the habit of saying, ‘thank you,’ often.
Say, ’thank you,’ to family members as well as to others. Say, ‘thank you,’ to the waiter or waitress, the bagger at the grocery store, everyone. As a side note: Notice if your dinner companion says, ‘thank you,’ to the waiter. It will tell you a lot about him/her.

2. The next time someone is sharing a thought with you really, really listen. Look in their eyes and listen intently until they are finished. Doesn’t matter if they are a 2 year old trying to form their first words or 92 year old trying to form their last. Listen; those moments will pass forever.

There are 10 factors that build all meaningful relationships. Thanking and Listening are two of them. There are 8 more. You will find them on this site. They are worth looking for. Nothing is more important!

The rewards of recognizing and employing the 10 factors give unprecedented joy to life. Only those who know what they are and how to use them, fully understand their power.

In just five minutes you can make someone’s day. You can make those minutes count, forever!  Take 5!

 

4 Responses to In Just 5 Minutes
  1. Bobbie
    August 3, 2011 | 6:02 am

    Genuinely wise, well written article. An impactful reminder that life is short; a useful tool in setting priorities and accomplishing them. Good work.

  2. Carol Lapp
    August 23, 2011 | 9:30 am

    Read this again today. On my way over to visit my 92 year old friend who is suddenly giving in to her age. She is just as spry as usual, in her mind, still wants to do what we used to, longs to go for our lunches together each week. Wants to sit and sew with me, wants to take out her trash, walk to her neighbors, but her five minutes and mine, with her, are closing in. I don’t plan to miss a minute that I am able to be with her, because sitting here right now, I know how much I will miss her. Thanks for reminding everyone that five minutes lived now can be an everlasting memory later.

    • Elaine McLellan
      August 23, 2011 | 12:46 pm

      Carol, you are a true ‘doer’ of Love. Bless you!

  3. DebRaS
    August 31, 2011 | 6:28 am

    Love it, Jim! Heard your voice as I was reading. Thank you for reminding us all what we know and need to continually remember! Cheers, Deb ♥

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In Just 5 Minutes

I had a rotten night last night. Barking dogs, noisy wind chimes, bad dreams. Awake every 2 hours. So, at 4 something I got up.

It would be several hours before sleeping beauty would become conscious.

I went through my normal routine: scoured the Net, made coffee, and practiced my ukulele.

While practicing, my eyes came to rest on my old Westclox, “electric,” school clock. I became transfixed by the, never ceasing, sweeping motion of the big red second hand. Remember those? I became acutely aware of those seconds slipping away like a greased pig.

They are eating away what’s left of my life! There they go, never to return; disappearing in the rear view mirror. Watch ’em speed along and turn into minutes . . . then 5 minute segments whiz by.

I got up to pour a cup of brew and returned. Without my permission it had moved. There went more of my life in the dumpster, thanks for nothin’.

There are two things a sane man is aware of. What he can control and what he can’t.

I could unplug the clock or throw a brick at it, reducing it to broken glass, twisted metal, miniature wheels and springs. That would stop the unruly beast!

Eventually, however, I would buy another clock, to replace the one lying there moaning, plug it in and . . . what’s this? It is impossible to set the new clock to the old time. Time stands still for no one. It has a mind of its own. It’s totally out of control! Are we? Do we Care?

Is there anything we can do to save those 5 minutes, to make them count for something?

1. Have a box of Thank You cards on hand. Take just one of those slippery 5 minute segments, write a thank you note to someone. Just like the ‘good old days.’

In case you didn’t know, ‘thank you’ means . . . I appreciate the benefit I have received from you. Get in the habit of saying, ‘thank you,’ often.
Say, ’thank you,’ to family members as well as to others. Say, ‘thank you,’ to the waiter or waitress, the bagger at the grocery store, everyone. As a side note: Notice if your dinner companion says, ‘thank you,’ to the waiter. It will tell you a lot about him/her.

2. The next time someone is sharing a thought with you really, really listen. Look in their eyes and listen intently until they are finished. Doesn’t matter if they are a 2 year old trying to form their first words or 92 year old trying to form their last. Listen; those moments will pass forever.

There are 10 factors that build all meaningful relationships. Thanking and Listening are two of them. There are 8 more. You will find them on this site. They are worth looking for. Nothing is more important!

The rewards of recognizing and employing the 10 factors give unprecedented joy to life. Only those who know what they are and how to use them, fully understand their power.

In just five minutes you can make someone’s day. You can make those minutes count, forever!  Take 5!

 

4 Responses to In Just 5 Minutes
  1. Bobbie
    August 3, 2011 | 6:02 am

    Genuinely wise, well written article. An impactful reminder that life is short; a useful tool in setting priorities and accomplishing them. Good work.

  2. Carol Lapp
    August 23, 2011 | 9:30 am

    Read this again today. On my way over to visit my 92 year old friend who is suddenly giving in to her age. She is just as spry as usual, in her mind, still wants to do what we used to, longs to go for our lunches together each week. Wants to sit and sew with me, wants to take out her trash, walk to her neighbors, but her five minutes and mine, with her, are closing in. I don’t plan to miss a minute that I am able to be with her, because sitting here right now, I know how much I will miss her. Thanks for reminding everyone that five minutes lived now can be an everlasting memory later.

    • Elaine McLellan
      August 23, 2011 | 12:46 pm

      Carol, you are a true ‘doer’ of Love. Bless you!

  3. DebRaS
    August 31, 2011 | 6:28 am

    Love it, Jim! Heard your voice as I was reading. Thank you for reminding us all what we know and need to continually remember! Cheers, Deb ♥

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In Just 5 Minutes

I had a rotten night last night. Barking dogs, noisy wind chimes, bad dreams. Awake every 2 hours. So, at 4 something I got up.

It would be several hours before sleeping beauty would become conscious.

I went through my normal routine: scoured the Net, made coffee, and practiced my ukulele.

While practicing, my eyes came to rest on my old Westclox, “electric,” school clock. I became transfixed by the, never ceasing, sweeping motion of the big red second hand. Remember those? I became acutely aware of those seconds slipping away like a greased pig.

They are eating away what’s left of my life! There they go, never to return; disappearing in the rear view mirror. Watch ’em speed along and turn into minutes . . . then 5 minute segments whiz by.

I got up to pour a cup of brew and returned. Without my permission it had moved. There went more of my life in the dumpster, thanks for nothin’.

There are two things a sane man is aware of. What he can control and what he can’t.

I could unplug the clock or throw a brick at it, reducing it to broken glass, twisted metal, miniature wheels and springs. That would stop the unruly beast!

Eventually, however, I would buy another clock, to replace the one lying there moaning, plug it in and . . . what’s this? It is impossible to set the new clock to the old time. Time stands still for no one. It has a mind of its own. It’s totally out of control! Are we? Do we Care?

Is there anything we can do to save those 5 minutes, to make them count for something?

1. Have a box of Thank You cards on hand. Take just one of those slippery 5 minute segments, write a thank you note to someone. Just like the ‘good old days.’

In case you didn’t know, ‘thank you’ means . . . I appreciate the benefit I have received from you. Get in the habit of saying, ‘thank you,’ often.
Say, ’thank you,’ to family members as well as to others. Say, ‘thank you,’ to the waiter or waitress, the bagger at the grocery store, everyone. As a side note: Notice if your dinner companion says, ‘thank you,’ to the waiter. It will tell you a lot about him/her.

2. The next time someone is sharing a thought with you really, really listen. Look in their eyes and listen intently until they are finished. Doesn’t matter if they are a 2 year old trying to form their first words or 92 year old trying to form their last. Listen; those moments will pass forever.

There are 10 factors that build all meaningful relationships. Thanking and Listening are two of them. There are 8 more. You will find them on this site. They are worth looking for. Nothing is more important!

The rewards of recognizing and employing the 10 factors give unprecedented joy to life. Only those who know what they are and how to use them, fully understand their power.

In just five minutes you can make someone’s day. You can make those minutes count, forever!  Take 5!

 

4 Responses to In Just 5 Minutes
  1. Bobbie
    August 3, 2011 | 6:02 am

    Genuinely wise, well written article. An impactful reminder that life is short; a useful tool in setting priorities and accomplishing them. Good work.

  2. Carol Lapp
    August 23, 2011 | 9:30 am

    Read this again today. On my way over to visit my 92 year old friend who is suddenly giving in to her age. She is just as spry as usual, in her mind, still wants to do what we used to, longs to go for our lunches together each week. Wants to sit and sew with me, wants to take out her trash, walk to her neighbors, but her five minutes and mine, with her, are closing in. I don’t plan to miss a minute that I am able to be with her, because sitting here right now, I know how much I will miss her. Thanks for reminding everyone that five minutes lived now can be an everlasting memory later.

    • Elaine McLellan
      August 23, 2011 | 12:46 pm

      Carol, you are a true ‘doer’ of Love. Bless you!

  3. DebRaS
    August 31, 2011 | 6:28 am

    Love it, Jim! Heard your voice as I was reading. Thank you for reminding us all what we know and need to continually remember! Cheers, Deb ♥

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