Time is of the Essence

I would say that my most prized possession is time.

The most valuable thing in the world is this present moment, this opportunity to experience something new. Pay careful attention to this moment, whether it’s full of joy, sorrow, frustration, hope, or indifference. There is something precious in each passing second of time. Make the most of each opportunity, and don’t take people or things for granted.

Even if your life isn’t currently where you want it to be, it is still possible to find something beautiful in each moment. Whether it’s the mottled pattern on a fall leaf, a stranger holding the door for you, or an unexpected moment of praise from your supervisor, all of these things can serve as refreshment or inspiration, helping you to pass through hard times into a better phase of your life.

So, don’t waste time. Appreciate each little good thing, and get out there and live the life that you were meant to.

Daily Prompt: Pride and Joy

Time is of the Essence

Eternity in A Single Moment

Of all possible magic powers, I would like the ability to stop time. Sometimes you’re having the most wonderful moment or a really awesome day, and it would be nice to slow things down just a bit, to enjoy it all the more.

I would also like the ability to rewind time. Sometimes when you make a mistake, it would be nice to be able to go back in time and correct a few errors here and there.

This very magical power was explored in a recent graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley. Seconds is the story of Katie, a restaurateur who stumbles upon a magical being who provides her with the ability to do-over key moments of her life.

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As the graphic novel progresses, we learn that there is a dark side to having such a magical power. The more things that Katie tries to correct, the more she ends up losing control of her life. Her magical abilities spiral out of control, causing random changes in other unexpected areas of her life.

I suppose the moral of the story is that you can’t have it all. If you could go back in time and change your life, you might end up losing some of the most valuable things that you have in your life right now. So, maybe it’s a lesson in contentment, and in the perils of wish fulfillment.

But, back to magical powers. I think I’d like to go back to 1995 and correct a few errors on that one test I took that one time.

Daily Prompt: “Do you Believe in┬áMagic?.”

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Curioser and Curioser

Somewhere far from here, tucked away in a sleepy New England seaport town, there is a wooden colonial home that has been fashioned into a modern restaurant. Attached to the outside wall–as if placed there by a careless giant–is a large metal kettle.

At first glance you might think, “What in the world is this doing here?” But after a few more glances and a cursory examination, it all starts to make sense. Of course there’s a giant kettle attached to the side of an aging wooden building. Of course.

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