Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead for Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Savings Time, Spring Forward, Set Time on Clocks

Note to self

Don’t forget to set those clocks to spring ahead one hour tomorrow morning, Sunday March 11, 2018, at 2:00 am. Yep, it’s Daylight Saving Time folks!

Are we really losing time, gaining time or adjusting a period of time for our convenience? About 40% of countries worldwide use Daylight Saving Time (DST) to make better use of daylight in order to conserve energy. On July 1, 1908, the residents of Port Arthur, Ontario (today’s Thunder Bay) turned their clocks forward by 1 hour to start the world’s first DST period. Other locations in Canada soon followed suit. The idea, however, did not catch on globally until Germany introduced Daylight Saving Time in 1916.

It has been reported that many Washington legislators in the United States are considering wiping out the time changes completely. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 gives every state or territory the right to opt out of using DST. Yet, would such opting out of a synchronized time system by individual states in the United States, for example, create problems for business communications, automatic time changes on computerized appliances and digital devices, along with mass transportation and broadcasting? Just a thought.


What If Wednesday: The Value of Time

Watch, Time

What if we valued time the way we value materialistic things? Time keeps moving on. There is no stopwatch in life, just a ticking clock. Do you put great emphasis on trying to predict the years, months or days left in the sands of your lifetime hourglass? Do you value time by making the most of what you do with it? What if we genuinely treasured time and not squander it? What if?

There is a movie that I suggest you watch if you haven’t seen it before. It is called “In Time” starring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, and Cillian Murphy. The film is an American dystopian science fiction action thriller that takes place in a society where people stop aging at 25. Each person has a clock on their arm that counts down how long they have to live. I think it is a must see and a theme that makes you think about how we truly value our time.

Happy #WhatIfWednesday!

Time Marches Onward

Time, Poetry

Time does not stand still. You cannot place it in a bottle, neither can you buy time. Sometimes we act as if we have all the time in the world and sometimes it takes something so catastrophic and sudden to realize that time is not always on our side.

Time Marches Onward

Things are not the way they used to be and they never will be the way they once were. Time has passed, and you can’t recapture that time because that time had its time. This moment is what you have, and what you do with this time, can be a matter of living or existing, and life versus death.
-Kym Gordon Moore

Stuck in Time

stuck in a bottle, trapped, complacency, motivation

Image courtesy of George Hodan

I started typing this morning reflecting on a few conversations I heard recently that weighed on my mind-numbing thoughts. Let me ask you this question: Do you know of someone whose conversation remains the same every time you see them? You could literally predict each word they are getting ready to utter that will speak of times in the past they seem to never move away from. Their failure to move on leaves them stuck in the grimness of a time that has ceased to exist and remains in the past. Most of the time they try to rope you into this emotional trap. Now mind you, this is slightly different from reminiscing about people or events, which helps us to reflect on how the past can positively influence our present and future.

As I grow more mature and hopefully wiser in years, I try to expand my whole being by working to remain a relevant person of LIFE. I love nostalgia, love to reflect on my past, remembering the people, places, and events that shaped my life to become the person I am today. Some things I look back on and wish I could change. I do not possess, however, a time travel capsule where I can go back as depicted in Sci-Fi storylines and make those changes.

I am reminded every single day that as much as I relish memories of years gone by, I can’t get stuck there, for I shall become extinct like a dinosaur and irrelevant in my present moment. As crazy as life gets sometimes, I have to remain alert and pay attention to the now so that my conversation and my life can remain just as relevant, contributory and engaging to others as it is to me. We can’t put time in a bottle because it is impossible to place life on hold. That is the ever-evolving poetry of life.

Everything Has It’s Time

Everything Has It's Time From Behind the PenWhen I meditate on the words of wisdom spoken in the teachings represented in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, I am reminded of the borrowed time we live on day-to-day. There is a time for all things and whether or not we choose to use our time wisely or frivolously, it still ticks on, second after second, minute by minute.

Regardless of what time zone you live in, the climate still changes, the seasons still come and we still get older than we were yesterday. We are on notice and it’s time to get up, time to unite, time to make a difference, time to make great strides and time to stop wasting time. There are many things that we have the power of control over, but time is not one of them. Right now, at this moment we have the time to make a positive impact in someone’s life, whether it’s through an act of kindness, companionship or empowerment.

As we look at the new moon that represents the time of a new phase in the heavens, the new buds and flowers that announce the arrival of spring or the sunrises and sunsets that indicate a day has come and gone, we realize that time waits for no one, and to everything there is a season. Today, use your time wisely.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

– Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (KJV)

Time Waits For No One, Including Small Businesses


In the aftermath of so many factories and textile mills closing down across the country, many people are left wondering what they should do next. It’s a difficult transition to make when you’ve been employed at one place for many years and never explored outside opportunities in the event that there were changes in your health, finances, family or sudden loss of a longtime job that you enjoyed. In so many instances, we run across employees who felt they were blindsided with downsizing, but in retrospect, they discover that the signs were looming around them. Courageously, we are hearing about a few cases where many people have taken this negative blow and turned it around into a lucrative, positive punch. They capitalized on what they had to work with, as opposed to what they lost.

If you’re thinking about starting a small business, do some research to see how you can capitalize on your passion and explore your profitability options. Your chances for survival are worth the risk. If you already own a small business, have you developed your stock and sales plans for the upcoming fiscal year? Have you fine tuned your strategic marketing plans to attract more customers?

At least if you’re implementing the steps to achieve those short and long term goals, you won’t have to worry about crying the “If” song! (If I coulda’, woulda’, shoulda’ done…)There is a difference in “timing” (where strategy is used for operational purposes) and taking time for granted (not properly utilizing your time).

My acronym for TIME is “Taking Initiative Minus Excuses.” We tend to make excuses for not doing those important things that should automatically be a priority. It is imperative to stop putting off doing the list of things that we want or need to do. We can sometimes be our worst enemy, if we don’t stop procrastinating. Our dreams, goals and aspirations will not happen without action. But, if you’re itching to start a small business now, then stop waiting! The clock is still ticking and when those minutes, hours, days and years are gone…that’s it! It’s over!

As you work on your business endeavors day by day, you’re making some fundamental accomplishments. Keep a journal of the things that you’re doing, planning to do and what you’ve already done. Make positive and productive changes, no matter how small it is. Avoid wasting precious time, because “time” certainly is not waiting for anyone to appreciate it or capitalize on it.

Time Waits For No One – Including Writers

clock-new-ani-blackSo, you’re thinking about writing a novel or a book of short stories? Are you determined to have a book of poetry published this year? Do you have that burning desire to overcome those writing challenges and take your written compositions to another level? We tend to look to outside influences, things and people for inspiration and motivation. Yet, what good is inspiration if you never do anything with it? Do you catch yourself saying that “you don’t have time to be a writer, because you’re just too busy?”

If you want to truly understand the essence of time, ask someone who has just been diagnosed with a terminal illness and given a certain amount of time to live. Ask a parent about time, who suddenly lost their only child in a tragic accident. Ask a person who was a dedicated employee for years with one company, never taking a vacation or a personal day off, then surprisingly losing their job, due to restructuring and budget costs. Out of these challenges, many books, articles, poems, support systems, seminars and organizations are born. These births are designed for healing and helping others get through some difficult times that the writer experienced. Time is short? No, time is precious and is a gift that must be used wisely.

Time doesn’t care whether or not you are young or old; male or female; rich or poor; good or bad; smart or dumb; married or single; happy or sad; a college grad or a high school drop out. Time is not concerned with your race, denomination or even if you’re not well traveled. Time moves on, with you or without you.

Do you think that writing is for the elite who have nothing but “time” on their hands? Well, writers just like other professionals, are among an elite group of people. In order to be a good writer, you must “make” the time to perfect your craft. It takes time, practice, patience, perseverance and a tough exterior to face those challenging situations that can attack your writing. Do you give up, give in, give out or give it your all-in-all?

Write that novel, chapbook, e-book or some articles starting now! Join a writer’s group or seek an agent to submit your completed manuscript to. Stop waiting! Just do it!

If now is not the time, then when do you think the time will be right to write? If you continue to wait to get started, you’ll quickly discover that others have already begun and succeeded. Their ideas or style of writing may not be better than yours, but they did something you didn’t do. They made it happen. So, what are you waiting for again? Don’t say that you don’t have time either!