Time In A Bottle…

How you spend your time is how you spend your life...

It was December 1973, three months after Jim Croce’s untimely death in a plane crash his song “Time in a Bottle” became a posthumous Billboard Hot 100 as well as a Cash Box Top 100 Single becoming a number-one chart topping hit for the iconic slow beat singer-songwriter.  As in this hit song, Croce waxes about the fleeting nature of time by saying in lyric “there never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do once you find them”.   As here we see the ugly reality of Joseph Heller’s concept of Catch 22 fame saying the more things you find that you want to do the less time you have to do them, as “time” is finite as well as fleeting.

To take a step back, why do we wax about time today, in short over the past couple days we have been speaking about the various aspects of the vagaries which time brings to our daily life. As this is the single commodity which binds us all to a common denominator so felt it was worth spending a few minutes to discuss what this means and how it shapes  our lives as this is the one thing we can never, ever get back once we allow it to slip through our fingers.

As one of the problems with “time” is we can’t touch or feel its passing as if we were to stand Oceanside looking westward to the setting sun at the close of a day and we were to reach down collecting a hand full of sand.  Then, while standing back up we allow the lose sand to fall though our fingers back to the ground we would quickly come to find that as the silkiness of the cool sand leaves us so does time.

With this said, I will share will you a challenge, as if you’re brave enough to take this one on would like you to stop at a toy or hobby store today and buy a couple bags of cheap marbles.  As you will need 365 of them, as once you have these, acquire a large jar and place the marbles into the “jar” and set it in a location where you will see them on a regular basis especially in the morning.  Now your task is every day, take a marble from that jar and throw it away as you can pick ether morning or night for this task however it should be the same time every day.

Now every day, day in and day out look at the jar as what you’re seeing is your life in a jar and every marble you throw away is a day of your life which has slipped through your fingers.  So day after day as each marble finds its way to the trash ask yourself “have I made the most of my days” because as you progress through this challenge and the jar empties out I’m sure as I did that you will find a new realization…

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About Joseph Campbell

As a strong believer in the fact that "people work for people", it has been a life driver to better to understand the complexities of the various aspects which drive efficiency within this axiom, especially the concepts of leadership. Supporting this, I have been fortunate enough to having experienced this as leader on a global basis over the last decade and half. During this time it has been clear there are three core drivers being Life, Leadership and Economics.
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