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Tim Kolodziej

April 26, 2012

Tim Kolodziej: Just like the Steelers, we’re on the clock, too

NEW CASTLE — “The key question to keep asking is, ‘Are you spending your time on the right things?’ Because time is all you have.” — Randy Pausch, “The Last Lecture”

On the clock.

Watch tonight’s NFL Draft for only a few minutes and you’re likely to hear that phrase used repeatedly.

“The Colts are on the clock.”

“The Browns are on the clock.”

“The Steelers are on the clock.”

Although we rarely think about it, so are we.

Every second of every day.

From the moment we were born.

You are dying.

So am I.

We’re on the clock.

And it’s ticking.

“You may delay, but time will not.” — Benjamin Franklin

I love this time of year.

We’re nearly at the point on the calendar where vegetation is at its most lush and green.

I live in a wooded area and I love to look out the back window and be overwhelmed with the emerald scenery. It looks as if it’s a rain forest.

If you have the opportunity, try this experiment. Snap off a small tree branch filled with leaves. Just place it on your deck or porch and monitor it for the next few days.

It’s dead from the moment you’ve plucked it from its life source, but it will take some time for the decay to be visible.

Our bodies are no different.

We sprout up from seedlings, reach our “lush” point of beauty and strength around age 27, then a gradual decline sets in.

We are wasting away. No matter how hard we try, we can’t stop the process.

Go ahead, eat your spinach, drink your purified water, do all the Pilates you can fit in. That’s all healthy and wise.

But you’re just delaying the inevitable, you know.

We’re on the clock.

And it’s ticking.

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