Dr. Bruce C. Bailey
Business, Accounting & Economics
One Otterbein College
Westerville, OH 43081
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Develop a Spirit of Curiosity
For it is written:
and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door
will be opened to you.
8For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds;
and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
The Value of Time
Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning
with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening it
deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw
out every cent, of course! Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME.
Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes
off, as lost, whatever time you have failed to invest to good purpose. It
carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new
account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to
use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is
no drawing against "tomorrow." You must live in the present on
today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health,
happiness, and success!
The clock is running. Make the most of today.
To realize the value of one year, ask a student who has failed
his final exam.
To realize the value of one month, ask the parent of a premature baby.
To realize the value of one week, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of one day, ask a daily wage laborer who has a large
family to feed.
To realize the value of one hour, ask lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of one minute, ask a person who has missed the train,
the bus, or a plane.
To realize the value of one second, ask a person who has survived an
To realize the value of one millisecond, ask the person who has won a
silver medal at the Olympics.
"Without a deadline, baby, I wouldn't do nothing."
Time waits for no one. Don't waste it.
every moment you have. And treasure it more because you shared it with
someone special, special enough to spend your time. Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it's called the present!
Imagination and Complexity
(From Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage
of Identity. New York: Riverhead, 2001)
test of work today is not of our strategies but of our imaginations and
identities. For a human being, finding good work and doing good work is one
of the ultimate ways of making a break for freedom. In order to find that
freedom in the midst of the complex world of work, we need to cultivate
simpler, more elemental identities truer to the template of our own
natures. We must understand that we carry enough burdens in the outer world
not to want to replicate that same sense of burden in our inner selves. We
need a sense of spaciousness and freedom, but find we can claim that
freedom only by living out a radical, courageous simplicity -- a simplicity
based on the particular way we belong to the world we inhabit. If we ignore
our simpler necessities, the attempt to create a complex professional
identity most often buries us in layers of insulation through which it is
impossible to touch our best gifts. Our lives take the form of absence.
Like the captain asleep below, we become exhausted from the effort needed
to sustain our waking identities. The day may be full, we may be incredibly
busy, but we have forgotten who is busy and why we are busy. We lose the
conversation, we lose our calling, we lose our
sense of captaincy. To wake up and assume the captaincy no matter the
perceived hierarchy, we have to realize that our lives are at stake; the
one unique life, entirely our own, it is possible for each of us to live.
- Thanks to John Kengla for this submission
Last Update: January