Somehow today I started to wonder, “what can you do with three minutes?”
Truthfully, I know how I arrived at the thought. I was swinging by my office to help my husband with something that was only to take a few minutes. Just as I approached his desk he received a phone call. A phone call that went from 1 minute, to 2 minutes, to 3. Well, you get the picture. I stood there for a few moments but the multi-tasking side of me got the better of me (see Multi-taskings Queen http://wp.me/p4UzTg-99 ).
I knew there was something I could do with those three minutes rather than just wait. So I went to my office (we work together!) and I fixed a blog error and then reached out to a few friends via facebook to offer some cheer and encouragement.
Waa-laa…phone call ended and hubby helped me finish up that thing that was only going to take a few minutes and I was on my way to the grocery store.
But those three minutes just stuck with me.
What could I accomplish today in three minutes?
I almost wanted to break out a timer and test the waters! But I did not. I just continued thinking of those three minutes and what I could do with a three minute opportunity.
I can fix fruit- water in under three minutes and I did.
I can unload the dishwasher in about three minutes but I haven’t found those three minutes yet.
I can change the clothes from the washer to the dryer and I did.
I can water the plants I almost let die on the back patio. That’s done.
I can whisper a few one-word prayers.
I can repeat my summer memory challenge verse!
AND, AND, AND. According to yahoo there are these things:
1. Write a song about hippos
2. Check your mail
3. Play a game of doodle jump or fruit ninja
4. Send someone a text
5. Tell your mama you love her
6. Eat a snack
7 Jump up and down 50 times
8. Down just about 60 math problems
So what is my 3 minute point? What real application is there here for you and I? Surely I didn’t want to just waste 3 minutes of our time.
At the end of my thoughts I came to the conclusion that there is so much I can accomplish in three minutes and often that feels like about how much time I have in many situations. So if I apply myself thoughtfully to each minute, each moment, I can achieve a great deal (http://wp.me/p4UzTg-1s). And that achievement can be for the good of the day OR the opposite. Because in less than three minutes I can:
Yell at a child. Get angry at a slow sales clerk. Yell at a driver that cuts me off. Ignore that tug at my heart to reach out to a friend. Forget to run an errand for my hardworking hubby.
I want 3 minutes.
Give me three minutes.
I want to slow down and explain the feelings I have with my child who failed to do their chores.
Offer kind words to sales clerk who has three kids at home sick.
I want to smile at the driver that cut me off.
I want to remember my friend who is struggling.
And remember that errand.
Give me 3 good minutes over 3 bad minutes any day!
Joyfully spending my 3 minutes sharing my heart with you~ 3 minutes well spent!