Lost and Found Department – Have you seen my time?

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Yep, time manages to travel away, nearly unnoticed, every day. I don’t know how it gets away from me.

The Daily Post (Stroke of Midnight) asked today: Where were you last night when 2012 turned into 2013? Is that where you’d wanted to be?

Second after second mystically becomes year after year. And I still have things yet to be done on my task list, my goal list, my bucket list…however will I find the time?

I borrowed this upcoming example from one of my fb friend’s pages, and though I’ve seen it before, I unfortunately don’t know the original author to provide credit.

Imagine a bank account that credits you each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever you failed to use during the day.

You have such an account. It’s name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night, it writes off as lost whatever you have failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposit, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against “tomorrow.” Live in the present on today’s deposit. Invest it wisely so as to benefit those who come into your circle of influence.

Live in the present while investing wisely – did you get that you’re advised to invest it not only into yourself, but into others?

Tick tock, tick tock…do you hear it? Your time, slipping away?

Since I can’t really borrow time, I borrowed some other thoughts from my son’s fb page on how I might presently invest:

If yesterday is history, and tomorrow is a mystery, then today is a gift…That’s why it’s called the present!!!       (this one I know – it’s from Kung Fu Panda! 😉 )

Don’t waste your time stuck in the past or stressed and worried about the future.

We don’t get yesterday back, and we aren’t promised tomorrow! So take today and make the most of it!

Forgive somebody you haven’t allowed yourself to forgive.

Go searching for the end of a rainbow.

Simply play fetch with your dog…whatever your heart needs today.

But remove those from your life who try to hold you in the past or overwhelm you with the future! 

And, thank you, God – – for today!!

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Those all sound like time well spent, to me.

This is my New Year’s wish for us both!

Gray sand peas (that’s phonetic – say it aloud),

-jody

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Eventually, the life could become your own.

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One of this week’s WordPress Daily Prompts was this:

Franz Kafka said, “we ought to read only books that bite and sting us.” What’s the last thing you read that bit and stung you?

The last recent thing I’ve read that’s bit and stung me is that nearly 1 million people are dying annually from being bitten by malaria-infested mosquitoes, a large majority of them being children. And, truthfully, that really does bite! 

We’re not talking fictional horror here. We’re talking about precious little faces that are very real to me – little ones who have survived a war-torn world only to face continued daily threats that could realistically be wiped out if enough people cared to make a difference. The cost is even ridiculously low. And, yet, few people are willing to respond. In further honesty, that reality stings.

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Here’s the BUZZ:

Malaria is not a disease that only occurs in third world countries.

It’s not a disease that’s been eradicated.

As a matter of fact, my own grandmother suffered from the malaria parasite here in the United States. Once a person acquires malaria, it can be treated, but there is no cure. Outbreaks may occur throughout that person’s life, with malaria being responsible for many deaths, particularly in children under the age of 5.

3.3 billion people live in areas where this disease is a constant threat. 

The “elimination” of malaria within developed countries, such as the U.S. and European ones, does not mean that it no longer exists. In the U.S., this “elimination” definition went into place circa 1950, through the impact from spraying and improved drainage. Yet, malaria still has the capability of affecting residents even of developed countries. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates approximately 1,500 cases in the U.S. annually.

Outbreaks generally come from either mosquito-borne transmission, “airport” malaria (whereby mosquitoes survive from one country to another on a plane), congenital transmission (mother to child, during pregnancy or birth), and blood transfusions. Don’t fool yourself into feeling too safe. The CDC also explains that there are still ample numbers of the same types of mosquitoes around who created malaria problems for us within our past century.

In under-developed tropical/sub-tropical countries, malaria can run rampant. The largest worldwide malaria burden is in Africa, where 90% of malaria-related deaths occur. The CDC explains the reasons it is difficult to contain the disease there as:

  • an efficient mosquito that transmits the infection,

  • a high prevalence of the most deadly species of the parasite,

  • favorable climate,

  • weak infrastructure to address the disease, and

  • high intervention costs that are difficult to bear in poor countries.

Prevention efforts include spraying, mosquito nets and education. Treatment efforts include getting medicines to the medical clinics and communication efforts to get people to them. Our nation, along with others, have assisted in funding many of the spraying efforts, and I’ve read articles recently explaining that if such efforts get reduced, we will go back many years in our worldwide efforts towards eradication.

The Imagine No Malaria campaign was put together by some strong and dedicated partners – partners that have no need to skim your money off the top before it goes to meet greater needs – including the United Nations Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The World Health Organization, the people of the UMC, and others. No one is a stronger partner than those individuals willing to give to this effort, though.

I can’t imagine that $10 is too much to ask to save someone – particularly a young child – to either save a life, in general, or to greatly improve a person’s quality of life.

Will you resolve to make that difference?

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Daily Prompt: Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution that you kept?