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The Clock Verses the Compass - Connecting with the ‘things’ that Matter Most


If you are like me, you are intimately familiar with the items in this picture!

They represent that constant element that we all wish we had more of.


If only we could ‘save’ and store it in some sort of ‘Time Bank?’ On those really busy days (in my life it is generally the days that end with a ‘y’ ) we would be able to go to this ‘Time Bank’ and make a withdrawal to top up the day with some more time so we could get more done.


Sadly, this fantasy has never, and will never, exist. When somebody says ‘have you got a minute’, the reality is, we have a lot of them: 60mins/hr, 24 hrs in a day, 7 days in a week, 52 weeks of the year. We have 524,160 minutes every year of our lives.


The challenge that haunts most people is in what they are doing with those 1,440mins per day. Time is the ever-replenishing bucket. Our lives however, no matter how healthy a life we live, will eventually run out at some point.

We can’t recover any time we squandered yesterday and didn’t use wisely, nor are we assured that we will be here tomorrow to take advantage of those 1,440mins. All we have is what is right in front of us today.


But what do most people do? Spend a large proportion of those 1,440mins per day running around in crisis mode, responding to the urgencies of life, thinking if they perhaps run faster, that will help?


The other item I want to discuss is the less familiar compass.

The purpose of a compass is to indicate the direction in which you are travelling. By identifying where north is, the compass can accurately show a person the direction they are heading. (Nowadays, with enhancements to technology, most people have a digital version of this in the palm of their hand on a phone or in their vehicle, but the concept is still the same)


The point I want to make here is that it is significantly more important to check the compass when you are undertaking a journey first, befo