In this inspirational Steve Goodier article, he shares a key piece of life wisdom about using our time. Enjoy!

This is the age
    Of the half-read page.
    And the quick hash
    And the mad dash.
    The bright night
    With the nerves tight.
    The plane hop
    With the brief stop.
    The lamp tan
    In a short span.
    The Big Shot
    In a good spot.
    And the brain strain
    The heart pain.
    And the cat naps
    Till the spring snaps –
    And the fun’s done!

Sound familiar? But wait – this poem was actually published in The Saturday Evening Post in 1949, under the title, “Time of the Mad Atom.” Seems that people were as rushed then as they are now!

Personally, I like the father who decided to slow down and spend some afternoon time walking with his son. The inquisitive boy used the opportunity to satisfy his curiosity on a few subjects he’d been thinking about.

“How does electricity go through those telephone wires, Dad?” he asked.

His father replied, “I don’t know. I never knew much about electricity, Son.”

A few blocks further the boy asked, “What causes lightning and thunder?”

“To tell you the truth,” came the reply, “I never understood that myself.”

A bit later he asked, “Why do some leaves turn red and others turn yellow in the Fall?”

“I’m not really sure, Son,” his father answered.

Finally, as they were nearing home, the boy said, “Dad, I hope you don’t mind my asking you so many questions.”

“Of course not!” exclaimed his father. “How else are you going to learn?”

Maybe the old man wasn’t a walking encyclopedia, but you have to hand it to him, he invested some time listening and talking to his son. Which may be far more valuable than rattling off accurate answers to questions! The message he gave his boy was: “You are important to me and I want to spend time with you.” It’s a matter of finding time.

Whether these are the worst of times or the best of times, these are the only times we’ve got. Today, will you find time for that which is valuable?

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