“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.”
Jim Rohn, author and entrepreneur
Yes, I’m wearing a Mickey Mouse watch.
First, so I can tell what time it is.
And then to remind me of some wisdom Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey Mouse, had to share.
“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
I will concede that when it comes to chasing a dream, some folks may have a few more things going for them than you and I. More money, more resources, more people on their side. But take another look at my watch. When it comes to time, the playing field is level for all of us. The rich man and the poor man both have 24 hours in their day, sixty minutes in an hour, and sixty seconds in a minute. No one gets more and no one gets less.
Bruce Boguski is an author and motivational speaker. When I met him, just like me, he was wearing a watch. But it wasn’t a Micky Mouse watch. His watch was a bit unusual in another way. The watch band he wears holds a empty case where there should be a set of numbers and moving hands. Ask him what time it is and he’ll show you the watch – then say, “The time is now.”
When Bruce was a teenager, a head on car collision sent him through two windshields and left him without the use of his legs. Doctors didn’t think he would ever walk again. But miracles do happen and six months later Bruce walked out of the hospital. He became a racquetball champion and successful tennis coach. And he never forgets what time it is.
I like the following poem, notice it’s composition is in the shape of an hour glass.
I have only just a minute,
only sixty seconds in it.
Forced upon me, can’t refuse it,
didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it.
But it’s up to me
to use it.
I must suffer if I lose it.
Give account if I abuse it.
Just a tiny little minute
but eternity is in it.
When my daughter was in middle school, she was stung by a bee. The nurse was unable to reach her mother by telephone to check on allergies or other issues. Witnessing the dilemma the nurse was in, my daughter quickly suggested, “Call my Dad, he always has a plan.”
And most times, I do. I’m a list maker. What’s more important than making the list is taking action on what I’ve written down.
Norman Vincent Peale wrote, The Power of Postive Thinking. It was from him I first heard the advice, “Plan your work and work your plan.”
What you do in the next twenty-four hours is important because you’re trading a day of your life for it. Better get started on that dream. The mouse is ticking.
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