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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Blog Everyday in May 05082013

prompt-a piece of advice, anything at all-

“What you do today is important because you’re exchanging a day of your life for it.”  I think about this quote often (a steve jobs quote, and one of my favorites).  Actually I think about it all the time, it’s almost become a complete mantra for me (it's written on a posty note on my door so I see it every day when I leave my apartment).  It’s part of a larger quote which I posted entirely below from Steve Jobs who is one of my greatest idol/mentor/passionate obsessions.  Regardless of how you interpret or apply this quote to your life, it is true at the most primal level.  We get roughly 32,000 days in a lifetime (potential lifespan of 87 years) which is horribly short. (period).
Everyone lives in their own reality and has their own perspective on time.  We judge time based on 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, and 24 hours in a day, 365 days in a year.  We accept this at face value and cling desperately to this reality as truth.  32,000 days in a lifetime is a drop in the bucket when put it in perspective as seconds - 32,000 seconds is about 9 hours.  32,000 dollars as an annual salary is barely poverty level.  32,000 feet is only 6 miles.
Yet we waste days, we waste them hating our jobs, complaining about money, fighting with loved ones, wishing we could change public policy, we go on vacation, we procrastinate, we forget we have neighbors, we forget to engage in the cities we live, we lose touch with family members, we throw litter out of our cars, we drive instead of walking a couple blocks to the store, we text and email instead of having real conversations, it's the little things we take for granted.  We take advantage of the thought “we have a lifetime before us…”  We don’t, most of us will get 32,000 days, many others will receive far less.  Each day is important, absolutely important.

Do the best you can do with your days, make someone else day better and make your community better.  I’m not asking you to, I’m telling you to.

"This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes this day will be gone forever, in its place is something you have left behind. Let it be something good." -the insanely great Steve Jobs

J ♥