What would you do with one extra hour?
The answer depends on context, I suppose. An extra hour to a dying person is a precious gift, cherished immeasurably more than an hour added to an overnight double shift at a BP station somewhere in central Nebraska. But for the sake of this discussion, let’s assume you agree that every hour is precious, that not a second of our lives should be wasted on the frivolous, the mundane, the inconsequential trivialities that make up far too much of our existence.
But let’s not dawdle, okay? Your extra hour will be arriving shortly.
This Sunday morning at 2 a.m., clocks will fall back an hour for Daylight Savings. So if you’re in a bar, order another drink. If you’re sleeping…keep sleeping. Or might I suggest a challenge?
First challenge...stay awake until 2 a.m.
Second challenge...Do something you’ve been putting off. Something you've conveniently set aside with one excuse or another.
It’ll be 2 a.m., so be considerate of sleeping babies and neighbors. But maybe there’s a book you’ve wanted to start. A painting or drawing that’s been swirling around in your imagination. Compose a hand-written letter to a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while. Watch a classic movie that you’ve never seen. Bake cookies. Enjoy a fine bourbon. Yoga, meditation, jogging, push ups, flossing. Let your imagination run wild.
In the grand scheme of things, this 60-minute gift will be mercilessly ripped from a perfectly good night’s sleep sometime next spring, but let’s not overlook the possibilities before us!
Do something. Make it special, different, memorable. It could be a life-changing start that’s long overdue.
It’s your hour. Make it worth your while.