Living for a Minute at a Time

In a single instant, everything you have striven to achieve can disappear from your grasp.  While one minute seems like such a miniscule measure of time, the realization hits that it equates to sixty seconds.  To put that into perspective, imagine a chrome microwave sitting on a counter top next to a refrigerator in the kitchen.  You walk up to the microwave, set it for 60 seconds, and within that time possess the ability to take on thirty jumping jacks, prepare a bowl of cereal with milk, or wash your hands twice.

In the everyday rush of life, the one forced onto us by society, we forget to relish time and its precious essence.  We only appreciate this time when it leaves us, whether in the form of a family member’s passing or looking back in sorrow on something we wished we had done.  Instead of constantly glancing behind at what could have been, remember how important it is to look ahead at possible opportunities.  Spend time with your children, your siblings, your parents, because a minute can pass and you’ll look back wondering why you spent that minute on something meaningless instead of with them.  Sometimes, it is okay to slow down, look around you, and reevaluate how you want to spend your life.  It does not mean that your present efforts are worthless, but that you yearn for more.  You yearn for something that gives you a greater feeling of satisfaction, of accomplishment, of excitement.

Perhaps you set a goal for yourself.  You want to challenge yourself to help change the world in one minute only.  Next time you go to the grocery store, smile at the people you pass.  Chances are that they will return the gesture.  You never know what battles someone is facing just by glancing at them.  That smile could mean the world to them.  In that minute, you could make more of a difference than you may realize at the time, but to someone else, that difference could be recognized immediately.  We live in constant motion, always ready for the next move, but when you press the pause button on all of the chaos and live for only a minute at a time, the world becomes a place of greater clarity and understanding.


  1. spiritofdragonflies · October 19, 2015

    You were right – we were both focusing on living in the moment. I like the reference to using the 60 seconds while the microwave is on to doing some jumping jacks, preparing cereal and such. I used something similar in my Mindful Living program. Nice post!

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    • rylanjordyn · October 19, 2015

      Thank you! It’s something so small we don’t usually think about in all of life’s hustle for sure, but it’s very important.

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      • spiritofdragonflies · October 19, 2015

        So true! Sometimes just sharing little pointers with others allows them to stop and make a little adjustment in their day. Then they make another adjustment the next and before they know it – living mindfully.


      • rylanjordyn · October 19, 2015

        Exactly- sometimes we don’t realize what we’re going through until we hear about it from others’ perspectives, which then allows us to make adjustments to our own lives

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  2. Rose · October 19, 2015

    Beautiful, I couldn’t have said it better myself. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Johanna Rosberg · October 19, 2015

    This is so striking! Just last night I was sitting on the couch literally doing nothing – when all of a sudden a whole hour had passed by! Time is really running from us sometimes, and to stop for a moment a think of what we’re doing is so important. Otherwise we might lose ourselves and our way.

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    • rylanjordyn · October 19, 2015

      I understand you completely! Our society has been structured to constantly be on the move and time can easily fall out of our reach. Sometimes just realizing the importance of appreciating the simple things is all it takes to put things back into perspective for us.

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