Time

April 16, 2011

Welcome to my new website.

I most like that I made it work myself. A process like assembling a piece of furniture that comes in a box with instructions in pigeon english and lots of parts that need to fit together just so.

And even if I can just barely understand the instructions, I need to get help by checking posts from all over the internet – and these are just scattered all over- some are outdated, most are irrelevant, but there is a clue here and a clue there and pretty soon, through lots of trial and error… voila!

I know it will continue to evolve… And that is one of the great things about this publishing technology. Hit the Update Button… and it all changes. As often as you want.

To those who are digital natives – my accomplishment is no big deal.

To those of us who grew up prior to there being an App for That – it is an immensely big deal.

Rather than purchase the expertise, I followed the advice of Douglas Rushkoff… to Program or Be Programmed.

I personally put in the time.

Even though time is a scarce commodity for me (and I am guessing for you too).

A couple of years ago – 20 or so (time flys doesn’t it?) – I wrote, produced and directed a series for a TV station I worked for in LA. I chose to discuss the difficulty of finding enough time to do things with Deepak Chopra, among others.  He is a provocative and well spoken physician, thinker and writer.  I knew having him in my mini-series on Time would attract eyeballs back then – even before he became a life-consultant to the stars as well as the masses.

Those days saw the beginnings of the proliferation of the personal pager and the cell phone.  There was no internet or always-on stream. Even then we all were rushed and always out of time….  Here is an excerpt of our interview, shot by KCAL news photographer (before he transmogrified himself into a video on the web expert at that big M company in Seattle) David Cronshaw.

Then there is this take on time (thanks to Frank X. Christ)

“Time. Time. What is time? Swiss manufacture it. French hoard it. Italians squander it. Americans say it is money. Hindus say it does not exist. Do you know what I say? I say time is a crook.”

Julius O’Hara (played masterfully by Peter Lorre)
Beat the Devil (1953) via imdb

So it isn’t that we don’t have enough time.

We simply don’t put our focus or attention deeply into what we are doing in the moment.

As Dr. Richard Alpert put it so famously… Be Here Now.

And you will have all the time you need.

 

 

 

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