A Minute

by Stephen Mills on January 22, 2010

I have only just a minute,
Only sixty seconds in it.

Forced upon me, can’t refuse it.
Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it.
But it’s up to me
to use it.

I must suffer if I lose it.
Give account if I abuse it.

Just a tiny little minute,
but eternity is in it.

— Anonymous

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Gordie - Lifestyle Design For You January 22, 2010 at 9:36 am

If you thought like that every minute of every day, you’d go crazy with worry of not using your time properly.

However, it’s very profound and reminds us of the importance of time.
.-= Gordie – Lifestyle Design For You´s last blog ..Six Things You Should Do Daily To Succeed. =-.


Stephen Mills January 22, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Hi Gordie! 🙂 I thought it was beautiful and a good reminder.


Eduard @ Ideas With A Kick January 22, 2010 at 10:39 am

I think the man (or woman) has an art sense. Which is a great thing to use to remind people how precious time is.
.-= Eduard @ Ideas With A Kick´s last blog ..Your ability to smoothly handle hearing ‘No’ is crucial =-.


Stephen Mills January 22, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Hello Eduard, I thought it was a very catchy and important poem.


Tess The Bold Life January 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm

I think it speaks of making every second count. Seconds add up to minutes, minutes to hours, hours to days…


Stephen Mills January 22, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Hello Tess and welcome. It’s easy to dismiss a minute, but then they do add up. You won’t ever get it back.


Lana-Dreamfollowers.com January 22, 2010 at 5:51 pm

wow, that was powerful Stephen! This actually reminded me to slow down and actually savor every minute of my life. Actually be in that minute. Thank you!
.-= Lana-Dreamfollowers.com´s last blog ..One Thing Everyone Wants =-.


Stephen Mills January 22, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Hi Lana, I thought it was great too, obviously 🙂


Caroline January 23, 2010 at 4:27 am

As much as I admire brilliant ideas, how little they mean without the genius of kindness. The poem is a reminder of how little time we have and how important it is to express love and kindness during that time. When some people resist the opportunity to be kind, we need to find it in our hearts to forgive them.


Stephen Mills January 23, 2010 at 8:39 am

Hi Caroline. That is so brilliantly spot on. I love it and thank you for sharing it with the rest of us.


Walter January 23, 2010 at 5:20 am

You got me thinking hard here Stephen, a poem and a riddle in one. Is it the Present Moment? 🙂
.-= Walter´s last blog ..Who is to blame? =-.


Stephen Mills January 23, 2010 at 8:41 am

Hello Walter, I think it is about every present moment and how important they are.


Dancer30815 January 23, 2010 at 5:31 am

Love it! I tweet and blip about the 1440 minute Gift we are given. Staying focused in the NOW is about as easy as walking around all day remembering to suck in your gut and stand up straight! We do it, feels good, then get busy with living life and the next thing you know……Very good remincder, going on refrigerator door! Thank you!
.-= Dancer30815´s last blog ..dancer30815: RT @AndrewGayle: I’m rlly impressed w/ the Cdn & U.S #Haiti telethons. The collaboration of stars 4 a gr8 cause is simply spectacular. =-.


Stephen Mills January 23, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Dancer30815, welcome and thanks! I love the 1440 number and almost started a blog once with that title. I saw a movie about the number once – it was only a few minutes long but I loved it.


Tracy Todd January 23, 2010 at 7:11 am

TIME… is a gift… I now have.

Thank You!

Kind regards


Stephen Mills January 23, 2010 at 8:38 am

Hello, Tracy. That is wonderful 🙂


dianne lien January 23, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Stephen: The Minute…Is it the act of the moment, that really counts? The here and now, making the most of now? The poem feels sad, in a way. “Forced upon me”, feels like living with chains around your heart. Finding the deepness of who we are, can be seen a gift of the moment. A lot of journeys are started by a given~ ahaaa I get it, moment. I enjoy your blogs.


sudan gautam January 24, 2010 at 2:23 am

Yeah!it was a good one but if you take life that seriously i dont
think you will live your kinda life….and you will even miss the other
time that you had


Earl January 25, 2010 at 12:28 am

While I prefer a more lighthearted and less serious approach to the importance of time, this is definitely an extreme and valuable reminder that time is ticking away every second. And this is something we need to be reminded of over and over again in the hopes of not letting too many minutes slip by…
.-= Earl´s last blog ..Long-time Friends and Long-term Travel =-.


Self Improvement Guy February 1, 2010 at 3:53 pm

This post certainly strikes home the importance of not letting time slip away from us. I like to look at time management from the action side – you can’t really manage time but you can definitely manage your actions during that time.

As my grandfather used to say, “Time is like money – there is no evidence of it’s existence when squandered…”

Best to you,
.-= Self Improvement Guy´s last blog ..Goal Setting and Gratitude =-.


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