FIVE MINUTES IN LIBERTY
(The following is one of a series of articles
we wrote while taking what became known
to our family in 1977 as our Great Western
Trek, as we travelled from Maryland to Utah.)
We are writing this article in a corner of a quiet
quiet western library (in Liberty, Missouri, just a
few miles northeast of Kansas), as we wait for
our wife, Donna, to pick us up within the next
few minutes or so, as soon as she finishes
shopping. (Okay, okay, so I'm an optimist).
We really don't understand Einstein's theory
of relativity very well, but we are cognizant
of the passage of time during birthdays,
funerals, or on New Year's eve.
And, we are well aware that a five minute
segment of time often, seemingly, has the
ability to speed up or slow down depending
on how our minds are engaged.
(Have you ever noticed we can say slow
down or slow up and the words make sense
in both cases. But, we can't say speed down?)
Our lives don't often go by one year at a time,
but rather in five minute (or even one minute)
Within some five minute segments of our lives, most of us choose... our occupations, our spouses, our highest level of education and, indeed, our
philosophy of life.
Our behavior within the present five minutes segment,
when added to other segments, forms and molds our
future character and circumstances
So, what shall we do...with our next five minutes?