How many times have you heard yourself or someone else say, “Just a minute.” If given just one more minute, people hope to do a plethora of different things, which they apparently believe can be accomplished in “just a minute.”
I suppose that is why there are so many authors who have written books about what can be accomplished in just a minute:
The One Minute Manager, The One Minute Entrepreneur, The One Minute Millionaire, The One Minute Apology, One Minute Wellness, One Minute Reader, One Minute Bedtime Stories, etc.
So, what is the true value of just a minute? Simply answered, people are born in a minute, live minute-by-minute, and die in a minute, and the value people place on the minutes in their lives can only be determined by them.
Kevin Welch said, “There’ll be two dates on your tombstone and all your friends will read them. But all that is going to matter is that little dash between them.”
Art Rainer similarly said, “On each grave marker is a dash between two years. The dash is time, and that is where we are, in our dash. And before there is some year placed on the other end, we need to figure this thing out.”
Some authors have tried to help people “figure this thing out” by writing books such as The Power of Now and Be Here Now, etc. These writings are profound; but, very simply stated, the dash between the two dates on a tombstone represent a few or a multitude of minutes filled with hope. How people use those minutes filled with hope is their choice.
“Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.”…Stephen Vincent Benet
“Since thou art not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour.”…Benjamin Franklin
“The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle, which is exactly what it is; a miracle and unrepeatable.”…Storm Jameson
“Two things are as big as the man who possesses them–neither bigger nor smaller. One is a minute, the other a dollar.”…Channing Pollock
“I lose my temper, but it’s all over in a minute,” said the student. “So is the hydrogen bomb,” I replied. “But think of the damage it produces!”…Spencer Tracy
“For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty-seconds of happiness.”…Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Don’t waste a minute not being happy. If one window closes, run to next window–or break down a door.”…Brooke Shields
“Man as long as he lives, is immortal. One minute before his death he shall be immortal. But one minute later, God wins.”… E. Wiesel
“I’m terrified about the day that I enter the gates of heaven and God says to me, just a minute.”…Maureen O’Hara
For a list of twenty things that can happen in one minute, visit http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2010/01/30/20-things-that-happen-in-1-minute-graphic/.
For those who have seen the movie Forrest Gump, the following YouTube video is the summary of his entire life. It proves that “Life is but a vapor…here today and gone tomorrow.” So please enjoy and make the most of the minutes you have.
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