Wednesday, March 2, 2011

SUNRISE - March 1, 2011

March 1, 2011 Sunrise 6:37 am
"Many people die with their music still in them.  Why is this so?  Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live.  Before they know it, time runs out."  ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Crazy guitar practice  all week, worked on it 2 or 3 times a day.  I can hear the progress (good hearing aids...ha).  Got a complement from my teacher tonight.  We added a little "walking bass" riff in my "Some Kind of Wonderful" song I am working on for my recital.  A bonus for making some progress.  Next week we start "Smoke on the Water."  My teacher has added a new guitar player to our little pick-up band for the recital in April.  She is fifteen and pretty darn good.  And to think, I dropped piano lessons  when I was seven, so I could become a professional baseball player someday.

Note: for anybody that is not counting your days:  How do you feel knowing that 2011 is one/ sixth gone?  Done. Over. Water under the bridge. History.  Disappeared. It seems that the year just started.  In about three weeks, 2011 will be one quarter over.  

The Bag of Pennies/rlw

What did you do today that will make an impact on your future?  Three hundred sixty-five pennies doesn't add up to much.  Let's say someone gave you that many pennies on 1-1-11 and you put that bag of pennies on your kitchen table.  At the end of the day, if you had a memorable moment that day, you put one penny in a clear jar on a shelf.  If you didn't have a memorable moment that day, you had to take one penny from the pile, walk to the front door, open it, step into your front yard and throw the penny as far as you could.  North, South, East, doesn't matter.  You stand an infinitely greater chance of finding that penny to spend later, than you do getting your yesterday back to spend on creating a memorable moment.  At the end of the year, count the pennies in the jar.  How many pennies made it to the jar?  

Let's say you were now told by your penny benefactor that at the end of the year each penny that was left in the jar would be worth a $1,000.00.  $1,000 for each and every penny in the little clear jar. Just how rich would you be?

On January 1, 2012 you would get a similar gift of 365 very rare, un-circulated,  collectible steel pennies to put in a bag on your kitchen table.  You know now that each penny is worth $1005 each (inflation).  When you mentally gave the pennies a value of $.01 each, how concerned were you to get paid for each daily memorable moment you created?

Would you live your days differently?  Would you have clearer focus on how you spent your time and would you be more conscious of creating at least one memorable moment in every day?  How rich would you be at the end of that year.  At the end of our days, would you trade one of the rare coins for just one more day of time?

"I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour.  I dripped it carelessly, Ah!  I didn't know, I held opportunity."   ~ Hazel Lee

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