How to move mountains

Time – Stop Wasting it

I have spent years in the finance field. I have helped people with personal finances, retirement, businesses and for everyone I have worked with I have hammered home to them the importance of time.

It doesn’t care what your gender is, your race, your sexuality, your age. We each have a different amount of time, and its your task to determine how to spend your time the best way you can to achieve happiness. You really have to put thought into this, you really have to examine your life and determine what you are doing, and does it make you happy.

Here is one of the things that I did, for one week I kept a journal of what I was doing, and how long I did it. It wasn’t precise but I did the best I could. I accumulated the data on a spread sheet, I had spent hours in my car driving, time at a coffee shop on and on and on. It made me realize that I spend a lot of time-wasting time, it was very revealing to me.

Now what is good for me, doesn’t mean it will be good for you. Let me wrap this up with a poem.

Time by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Unfathomable Sea! whose waves are years,
Ocean of Time, whose waters of deep woe
Are brackish with the salt of human tears!
Thou shoreless flood, which in thy ebb and flow
Claspest the limits of mortality,
And sick of prey, yet howling on for more,
Vomitest thy wrecks on its inhospitable shore;
Treacherous in calm, and terrible in storm,
Who shall put forth on thee,
Unfathomable Sea?

We are all on a sea of time. Is your ocean stormy? Are the waters calm? Take some time soon and really look at what you are doing, and how long you are spending on it. I’m betting you will find something you want to change and pick up time that you can be doing something you love.

Beyond the Trees

Ancient Wisdom-Ben Franklin

“Lost time is never found again”. – Benjamin Franklin.

Franklin was one of the most impressive men of his age, really any age. A diplomat, scientist, philospher, politician. It seems there really wasn’t anything he couldn’t do.

This simple quote is very powerful. You and I and everyone else, regardless of gender, sexuality, race, location have limited time. My time is different from yours, and yours is different from everyone elses.

We never know when our time is up, it could be tomorrow, it could be 50 years from now. When you spend time on things that are not good for you, or that harm you in some manner you can never get that time back.

What you do with your time is critical, you have to figure out ASAP what it is that makes you happy and invest as much time as you reasonably can into it.

Your time is running out, every second you move closer to the end of the clock. Don’t look back at the time you’ve lost, look to now at the time you have left.


The Wisdom of J.R.R. Tolkien

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.

“So, do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” 

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Time is the most precious commodity on the planet. It does not care about your race, gender, political affiliation, religion, sexual orientation. It moves forward regardless of your personal situation, it is all encompassing. You and I are simply passengers on the journey of time, like a train rolling down the track. No one knows when they will get to their stop.

Do you wait in anticipation for the stop to come or do you take advantage of the journey on the way to the stop?

Gandalf was right, we must decide what to do with the time given us.  

I have made horrible decisions regarding time, I have wasted a lot of it. I have also had moments of absolute joy and reveled in the moment. Despite everything that is thrown at us, every minute, of every hour, of every day, of every week, of every month, of every year, our greatest challenge is to enact Gandalf’s wisdom.

J.R.R. Tolkien was a brilliant writer. In his works you can find so many gems, it boggles the mind.

I decided to spend some of my time sharing this with you, have you decided what it is you are going to do with the time given to you?