Time: Is There Enough?

In a recent conversation with my father, I learned that my grandfather, whose formal education extended only through the fifth grade, taught himself calculus, geometry, and trigonometry. According to Dad, his perpetual curiosity was what inspired him to strengthen his knowledge and understanding about how things worked. Apparently his inquiries sometimes served him well. While working as an auto mechanic in the 1930’s he discovered a method of conserving oil in the newly developed oil-guzzling, V8 engines. By using his skill and ingenuity he developed a unique process that eventually earned him the clients, which would help to support his family throughout the Great Depression.

What are you curious about? What would you be doing right now if you removed statements from your vocabulary like:

“I don’t have time.” “I can’t do that.” “It would take too long.” “I have too many other responsibilities.” “My partner (or fill in the blank) wouldn’t like it.” “I am not smart enough.” “I am not coordinated enough.” “I don’t have enough money.” “I have to make a living.” “I can do that later.”

(What is your favorite excuse? Mine is number one on the list: “I don’t have enough time.”)

Grandfather (affectionately called “Boppy”) took the time to teach himself calculus, geometry, and trigonometry, despite the challenges of the times in which he lived. Wonder what we would be doing if we didn’t have television, the internet, cell phones, blackberries, ipods and other wonders of modern technology to entertain us?

Would you be willing to take half an hour, or even fifteen minutes every day to devote to some thing/s that sparked your curiosity?

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If you are inclined, dare to go just a bit beyond that which you think you have time for, or are capable of doing today, tomorrow, and the next day.

Now…keep doing that. Way to go. Your ancestors would be proud.