Going the distance

Use your time wisely — it's limited

By Edward T. Creagan, M. D. December 8, 2016

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On a recent flight, the person to my right was a gentleman in his late 30s who spent four hours playing a video game based on dropping bombs on buildings.

He was mesmerized by this mindless activity, and at the end of the four-hour flight I don't believe he really had much to show for it except two sore thumbs.

The gentleman to my left was in his mid-30s and had the look of a professional golfer, which I suspect he was. His shoes bore the initials of a prominent golf company. His shirt had the logo of a prominent country club and his hat had the insignia of a major tournament. His backpack was high-end leather with the name of a golf club company.

Then two interesting things happened. He had two textbooks which were of college level or a master's level. One was on economics and one was about the future of Europe.

These are hardly light readings. For half of the flight, he assiduously highlighted and underlined key aspects of the textbooks.

Then he opened his laptop. He had multiple videos which were taken of him from the front, the back, and above. He had been to some sort of golf school and was working under the tutelage of a professional swing coach.

There were thousands of frames in which he was able to stop action and analyze the subtleties and the nuances of his grip, position, weight transfer, hip swing, and all elements of a golf swing.

So at the end of his four hours, he had two achievements. He tackled college level courses and analyzed his golf swing. Each was an investment in the future. On the other hand, the other gentleman squandered four hours which could never be recaptured.

There's an important lesson for you. There's only so much time in a day. You determine how best to use it. The ball's in your court. Choose wisely and with discretion.

With

Edward T. Creagan, M. D.

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Dec. 08, 2016