"TIME " use it well

Last Update: June 16, 2020

Something to ponder this morning.

A said I operate a garage and car sales business which can be very stressful if you let it, dealing with customers wants and problems as well as physically diagnosing issues, particularly in new electronics. Any way I have a lot of friends in the same of all ages and one of these guys came to mind this morning , when I tripped over above all things a measuring tape.

The yarn I want to share with ye occurred a few years back now and started out with John (not his real name) standing in the middle of his garage floor analogy with oil spilled around him and a gearbox cracked on the floor. Needless to say he was gone cracked as he hadn't strapped the box on the transmission jack and it fell., his own fault I know. rushing.

Well any way in the midst of this circus a regular sales rep walked in to observe the commotion. Feeling worried for john who was purple with temper, told him the he would want to calm down as he wasn't getting any younger and the heart wouldn't take the pressure. John got purpler if that was possible but undeterred the sales rep quietly asked him for a measuring tape, to which he got the reply "what the **** do you want a tape for, can you not ******* see what's happened. The rep asked john what age he was, getting a grunt 71 this April. quietly the rep pulled out the tape to 71 inches and said " john doe you see all that 71 inches of tape equate that to your past years lived, now if your lucky and get good health you could make 85 years" showing john 85 on the tape, going on to further expliain if he was extremly lucky he might even get to 95, this was a wake up call to john as he looked at the outstretched tape a thought paralised him a lot of his life was passed, he realized he was human and not indestructible. What had he to show for it ? What would he change now ?

This analogy between life, time passing and the measuring tape is a great yard stick to stop us in our tracks and make us ask are we happy, is this what I want to do in life. It's never too late to turn the tiller on the ship and start to piont it in a different direction , the smallest adjustment

can and will have positive and lifelong effects if we choose to adjust the course. In life, we are all ships at sea looking for port, the only difference is our choices do we plough headlong into the storm blindly and try rough it out or do we adjust the tiller and guide our family and loved ones along a fulfilling path in life.

As Christy Moore (Irish balled singer ) put It in his song "Voyage"

"life is an ocean and love is a boat
In troubled water that keeps us afloat"

The choice is all yours my friends



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cocopearl20 Premium
Really like it,good job Mark.
JeffreyBrown Premium Plus
Very nice, Mark! A true reminder that life quickly passes us by, and when we look back many times we don't necessarily like what we see!

Well done, my friend!

a1jonuk1 Premium
Using time well at any age is important but it means a lot more when you reach your 6th decade.

I like the tape measure anology, it brings it home that you have a fair bit less time in front of you than what is behind you and gone forever.

Thanks for posting.

Patbracy Premium
Thank you for sharing this thought provoking post
BobMargroff Premium Plus
Hi Mark,

Now that is an eye-opener! That measuring tape makes sense... it really gives us a visual as to the amount of time we have lived and how much time we may have left.

We need to think about what time is left and make every minute count.. and if we don't like where we are going. Change it as you alluded to in your post. Awesome way to get your point across.

Thanks for that.

I wish you the best!

Glad you liked it bob