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The After Math March 23, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

Wikipedia ~ Decimal Time (in Public Domain)

Imagine this . . . a clock on your wall showing the precise date and time you will die.

Your “finish line,” if you will.

Each time you make a positive, health affirming decision (exercising, eating right, etc.) and check the clock . . . you see that you now have MORE time.

When you make a negative, health-defeating choice . . . the clock subtracts minutes from your time balance.

Every time you smoke a cigarette, or eat a bacon cheeseburger, time speeds up and races towards YOUR finish line.  Every time you go for a walk, time slows down and adds to your bank balance.

Instead of losing 30 minutes when going for a 30 minute walk . . . you come back to see that 45 minutes has been ADDED to your life span.

Instead of spending 5 minutes taking a cigarette break . . . you come back to see that 15 minutes has been SUBTRACTED from your life span.

A graphic depiction of The Decision & its After Math.

* Time is our most valuable and irreplaceable commodity ~ a bank account which mandates daily withdrawals, prohibits deposits, and pays dividends when we spend it wisely.

* It doesn’t really matter how fast you’re going if you’re heading in the wrong direction. ~ Stephen Covey

Many of the really bad decisions we make (as well as the good decisions we fail to make) stem from our inability to get direct feedback on the ultimate impact of the decision on our life timeline . . . or our lifetime line:

Donald-Duck-BaseballWith thirty years on the clock, delayed gratification makes sense.  With the finish line in sight . . . most would opt to “eat dessert first.”

I suspect that seeing the “after math” of our good and bad decisions on a more immediate basis would have a significant salutary effect.

What say you?

Inspired by Sidey’s Weekend Theme ~ The Decision and the movie, In Time.

For a related post on Eating Decisions ~ Why Do We Eat Too Much?