Make Every Second Count !

 The photo of the little bird just hanging in there for that extra bite reminded me of the

latest email I received from author, Bob Bly.  He referred to his book "Make every second count".

I admire his frank opinion on managing our time. Doing what we need to do and we want to do . 

Remembering what's really important in your life and making time for it!

 (click the photo to enlarge it)

Dear Direct Response Letter Subscriber:

Even though I wrote a time management book published by Career
Press, "Make Every Second Count," I increasingly feel I have less
and less time to do the things I have to do -- as well as the
things I want to do.

Since I have to do what I have to do, more and more of the things
I want to do fall by the wayside, and ultimately, dreams, goals,
desires, hobbies, interests, and wishes become increasingly out
of reach.

Now, I do know one sure-fire way to have a lot more free time in
your life: Don't have a relationship, don't get married, don't
own a house, don't have kids, and don't own a dog.

Marriages take a lot of time and effort, and you frequently have
to give up your time and dreams to do what the other person wants
-- to make her happy.

Owning a home is much more work than renting an apartment. There
always seems to be something that either needs to be done or that
you want to do around the house. It's a lot of work.

Kids? They take an enormous amount of time, energy, and money to
raise. And the older they get, the harder it gets: they have ever
more challenging problems that can drain you both emotionally,
financially, and even physically.

People without significant others or families usually have much
more time to pursue interests, hobbies, and other leisure
activities, because they have found a way to get more free time.

But I would not want to pay that price. As tough as it is, as
expensive as it is, and as challenging as it is, I would rather
have a wife, kids, a house, and a dog -- and give up other things
that interest me but I do not have time for -- for instance, my
ambition to read all volumes of Edward Gibbons' "The Decline and
Fall of the Roman Empire." I bought a copy years ago, but haven't
even cracked the first book yet.

See, pursuing your intellectual and artistic interests -- whether
politics, music, art, or literature -- can be rewarding.

But the love of a wife and children is so much more meaningful in
my humble opinion that they are not even on the same scale.

I have several single friends in my age group (I am 58) that, as
Billy Joel says in The Piano Man, "Never had time for a wife."

I suppose they are happy, though I don't see how it could begin
to compare with watching your first child being born or
graduating from college.

Now if you are in that unattached group, know that I am not
criticizing you or telling you how to live your life. Remember my
life philosophy: "You do what you want, and I'll do what I want."

Bob Bly
Copywriter / Consultant
31 Cheyenne Dr.
Montville, NJ 07045
Phone 973-263-0562
Fax 973-263-0613

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Latest comments

23.05 | 17:14

I say "Amen" to that, Geri.

07.04 | 21:32

Yes, I did get this email, Geri

04.04 | 20:55

Nice pictures, Geri. It was a fun day!

21.03 | 12:40

Excellent advise. Thank you 😀

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