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Tim Kolodziej

December 26, 2013

Tim Kolodziej: There really is somethng extra in the ordinary

NEW CASTLE — A little neighbor girl stopped by our house for a visit the other day.

She told me her family was going to open Christmas presents that night at her grandma’s.

“Aw, that’s so cool! Are you excited?” I asked her.

“No,” she replied.

I was taken aback.

“Why aren’t you excited?”

She stopped petting our dog for a moment and looked up at me.

“Cause we do it EVERY year.”


Once I stopped laughing about three — maybe four — hours later, I pondered her response.

Has our daily gift of 24 hours become routine?

You know, “just another day at the office,” “same junk as yesterday, only a day later.”

We’ve all got our favorite responses.

And they all have to do with where we now live — a place called “time.”

Each person on Earth gets the exact same amount each day.

•24 hours

•1,440 minutes

•86,400 seconds

The difference between you and me is how we view time. And how we choose to use it.

Here’s the downside of time — once it’s gone, it’s gone. We see or hear from it again only through our memories, video clips or old photos.

So sad. So true.

There are two primary ways we humans relate to time — we can invest it or waste it.

In either case, your time is NOW.

The past is history. The future is a mystery. All we’ve got is a present.

But in the time it took you to read the last sentence, it’s already gone.

So is the one after it.

"If I could just -------- then I would be happy."

Here’s the irony of that statement: if we're living our lives that way, the line always stays blank.


OK, I stand corrected. You WILL be happy. But only for as long as it takes for that happiness to wear off.

Then you’ll start longing and hoping for something different and new. That is, until it becomes comfortable and routine.

This is a crazy thought, but maybe things and events by themselves aren’t meant to make us happy.

Maybe, just maybe, the joy and excitement are more about WHO we share those things and events with.

It’s all about impact.

It’s all about influence.

It never stops.

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