So what will you do with your 525,600 minutes?


I didn’t go to a wild party on New Years Eve or even see the ball drop on Times Square – I stayed home and dosed off during a Matlock Marathon.

That’s pretty pathetic, I know.  But hey, I feel better today than my party animal friends who were coming home about the time I was getting up.

dogsBut back to my sedate New Years Eve which would have embarrassed me a few short years ago.  If I didn’t have a wild party to attend or a date, my year was doomed!  This year my neighbor brought over the best peach cobbler I ever had and my son, B, installed a water purification system in my refrigerator door.

We performed a blind taste test and I was shocked by how funky our tap water tastes in comparison to the purified water. So we toasted the new year guzzling water from a champagne glass.


This morning I awoke fresh and ready to launch the more than 525,600 minutes which will make up the year 2013.

What we do these minutes determines the quality of our life and the level of our happiness. Minutes spent stressed or worrying are wasted by the way.  And remember, none of your saved minutes may be used as “rollovers.”

I didn’t make any resolutions of the traditional sort this year (lose weight, make a billion dollars) – well, except to try to stay alive while being purposely poisoned by cancer drugs.  But I did decide that I am going to spend more time with the people I love and more time doing what I love.

I just had a epiphany – I do my own housework – which I despise– and hire a guy to do my gardening which I love.  How stupid is that?  So I’m going to hire someone to do the inside chores and I will spend more time in the garden where I will connect with nature, watch the sunset and talk to a tree if I feel like it.

I intend to spread more kindness.  Since I have been under the weather I have been flabbergasted by the kindness of people I hardly even know.  It made me aware of how little I do for others who are facing challenges.  Who knows, I may even go crazy and perform some random acts of kindness. (Gosh, that’s so unlike me.)

I’m going to be more grateful – even for the little inconveniences because they are all a part of living a full life.  And I will think good thoughts because they have the power to create tomorrow’s reality.  So I’ll dream big regardless of how ridiculous my dreams may be and celebrate life every day.

4 thoughts on “So what will you do with your 525,600 minutes?

  1. Emily, George and I wish you a happy 2013. I don’t know the details of what you are going through, but hopefully your treatment will do what it needs to and we will be able to look forward to your daily messages for years to come!
    What a great idea to spend your time in the garden and spend your money getting the house cleaned!

  2. Hi Emily! Hats off to you and the Deluded Diva, who is, I suspect, not deluded in the least.
    Warmest regards for a wonderful new year

  3. One thing I would like to do in my allotted minutes in 2013 is to meet you, and give you a hug for all the pleasure you bring through your writing! I am praying for you.

  4. Great article Emily! I agree with your outlook on life! Smell the roses and take time for those things that give you meaning and joy! I use to think I needed to go to multiple parties during the holiday season….then I realized that I got the most pleasure from sitting on the couch, enjoying a good movie with my husband! Every year we go to the beach at new Smyrna and give each other our Christmas gift….it is a love letter that we read to each other! It is the best part of our year and such a meaningful time for both of us! Simple but powerful! I’m hoping that you have a happy and healthy 2013!

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