The Most Inconspicuous Time Hack

My kids were just playing with a collection of random coins. An enthusiastic statement was belted out, “Wow, I have one from the 1900s!”

Funny how time works. It is a peculiar thing. My children are so far removed from my era that it feels prehistoric. I, on the other hand, speak about the 90s as if it were only ten years ago.

“We are strangers in time because we belong to eternity.”
-Neal A. Maxwell

When you think of “time hacks” what comes to mind? For me, it’s the idea of selfishness. I visualize a rat race society trying to keep up with the Joneses. I see a people that have unknowingly complicated their lives and need any shortcut available to keep from drowning.

My friend Ben gets credit for sharing with me the most important time hack I have ever learned. It looks like this…

What if
in the world
had a timer
above their head
revealing the amount of life
they had remaining on earth?
What if
they couldn’t see it
or perceive it,
that it could only be identified
and known by others
around them?
-Ben Kellogg

How would this change the world? More importantly, how would this change YOUR world? The ultimate time hack is not about helping you “save or shave” a few minutes, it’s about living peaceably with others because they might be down to their last few minutes.

THE CHALLENGE: Next time you are in line at the store and feel like flipping over the shopping cart in front of you because of another person’s stupidity, pause and consider how your actions or feelings might change if you knew that person had less than one week left to breathe! Remember, the sand in the hourglass does not discriminate or play favorites. You could be next.


Photo by me
Camera: Canon EOS 6D
Lens: Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/50 ZE
f1/4, 1/60, ISO 100, handheld, no flash

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