Nov 3, 2009 by


I talk to you all the time about the moments that count. However, I understand there are a lot of you out there who think that a bunch of your moments do not count for as much as you’d like them to. So you’ve asked me if, well, you can store them somewhere to use later, when you’re “ready”.

I’d love to tell you, “Yeah!”

Ahhhhhh, but, no……

Where ya’ gonna put ’em? In your pocket? In your shoe? Under your desk? On the left side of the top shelf in the hall closet? On the other hand, maybe you’d set up a special safe deposit box at the bank? Or maybe you would like to roll ’em over like extra minutes on your cell phone plan? You know. Then use ’em next month, ‘cuz it feels to you like this month’s had way too many moments you had to spend in ways you didn’t really want to, so you’re sure next month will be better for spending the moments you want to count.

Or better yet, remember that incredible Jim Croce song, Time in a Bottle?
What a poet he was….

Well, Jim put it really well when he wrote:

“If I could save time in a bottle
the first thing that I’d like to do
is to save every day like a treasure and then….”

What if we could do that with those moments we felt we’d “wasted” or the ones we count as ill used?

What would we do differently with those moments if we could have a second chance? Would we hold time’s hands and not let the moments slip away?

Remember another part of Jim’s song?
I mean the one that says,
“But there never seems to be enough time
to do the things you want to do
once you find them…”

So, my friends, I smile an easy smile,  send a nod and a wink out on the breeze to Jim, and look back at you all and say, I too, so, so wish there was some amazing, magic bottle to save those moments of ours in. For I too, want Jim’s magic words to come true.

But, until the day that bottle we want washes up on our shore, I guess we’ll just have to learn to count the treasure in each moment as we spend it.