U is for Untitled

Well, with a title like that, I can write about anything. Right?

For all utilitarian reasons though, I feel it is best to commit my post something utterly useful.

But that theme lies undiscovered in the far reaches of my mind.

I could write about ukuleles.   My brother owned one as a teenager and would play for our amusement.  Not too much about that, except I still have it (the ukulele), and  of course, memories to cherish.

umbrellas–Now there’s a thought.  Useful!   even utterly useful!  But there is not much to say there either.

umpires?  mmmmm –hold that idea…

Then we come to the words beginning with ‘un’, ‘ under’ and ‘uni’–(hundreds in my scrabble dictionary)…..nothing found in there that would work..(hmm   –but there are a few obscure words that could be used on the scrabble board.) OK! On with the search!

Sometimes I feel such an urgency to get things just right!  Hey–would you believe?  There is my word!  Urgency!

So I have found a topic that is utterly useful to talk about.   We human beings rush about trying to get to get somewhere (sometime without a goal in sight) that we miss the important stuff along the way.  I just came across a quote: “I seldom end up where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be”…………………..  I had to read that a couple of times to get the full meaning.  I think we need some kind of plan–al be it a roadmap.  My brother used to say “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there”.

With so many demands on our time, one needs to be able to prioritize.  Many writers on the topic of time management expound on the idea of just saying no.  Certainly most would agree with that!  Putting it into perspective is important. One blogger I follow has some thoughts on time that I totally agree with: click on  The little things… day 25 by Christine for more insight.

I really enjoy the website “Simple Truths“.  The writers never fail to inspire with stories of faith and hope.  Here is one to really take to heart.  The following article is  from their website:

First Thing Every Morning

If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400—with no balance carried from day to day—what would you do? Well, you do have such a bank…time.

Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off as “lost” whatever you have failed to use toward good purposes. It carries over no balances and allows no overdrafts. You can’t hoard it, save it, store it, loan it or invest it. You can only use it—time.

The article continues with  a story that drives the point home.

Arthur Berry was described by Time as “the slickest second-story man in the East,” truly one of the most famous jewel thieves of all times. In his years of crime, he committed as many as 150 burglaries and stole jewels valued between $5 and $10 million. He seldom robbed from anyone not listed in the Social Register and often did his work in a tuxedo. On an occasion or two, when caught in the act of a crime by a victim, he charmed his way out of being reported to the police.

Like most people who engage in a life of crime, he was eventually caught, convicted and served 25 years in prison for his crimes. Following his release, he worked as a counterman in a roadside restaurant on the East Coast for $50 a week.

A newspaper reporter found him and interviewed him about his life. After telling about the thrilling episodes of his life he came to the conclusion of the interview saying, “I am not good at morals. But early in my life I was intelligent and clever, and I got along well with people. I think I could have made something of my life, but I didn’t. So when you write the story of my life, when you tell people about all the burglaries, don’t leave out the biggest one of all… Don’t just tell them I robbed Jesse Livermore, the Wall Street baron or the cousin of the king of England. You tell them Arthur Berry robbed Arthur Berry.”

Here are six terrific truths about time:

First: Nobody can manage time. But you can manage those things that take up your time.

Second: Time is expensive. As a matter of fact, 80 percent of our day is spent on those things or those people who only bring us two percent of our results.

Third: Time is perishable. It cannot be saved for later use.

Fourth: Time is measurable. Everybody has the same amount of time…pauper or king. It is not how much time you have; it is how much you use.

Fifth: Time is irreplaceable. We never make back time once it is gone.

Sixth: Time is a priority. You have enough time for anything in the world, so long as it ranks high enough among your priorities.

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What you’ve just read is an excerpt from First Thing Every Morning by Lewis Timberlake.  This book has everything you need to energize your life—reflections, stories and quotes that’ll lift your spirits and lighten your load. His insights on more than 50 topics will help you to turn your life around…one day at a time.

Full circle I’ve come –back to the word untitled.   Change it to entitled and it means having right or claim to something.  And I have to think about the time given to me.  I didn’t do anything to earn them, but am entitled to my 24 hours, even though I so abuse the minutes and hours.  Unworthy as I am, I still keep getting the same gift every day.  My time is a treasure which attracts many robbers.   My goal is to  vanquish the unneccessary things that grab my time.

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