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We all are granted 24 hours of time each day. Not all of us appreciate it as life enforcing. Some of us miss the nourishment that is available. We sort of idle away those precious hours. I sometimes find myself sticking my head in the sand when something I don’t like comes along. Once I think about it, I shrug off the sand and find something worthwhile to commit to.

Some of my bits and pieces that have been filed and out of sight come to mind. It was William Blake who coined this thought: “To see a World in a Grain of Sand, And a Heaven in a Wild Flower. ... Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand and Eternity in an hour.”

T. Alexander Anderson authored a refreshing book titled “The Gift of Time: Making the Most of Your Time and Your Life.” Here are some of the poignant gems in his book:

“Many of us do not focus and attend to our experiences because we are afraid that if we do, we might miss something somewhere else.”

“Wisdom comes from paying attention. Everyone you talk to deserves your complete attention.”

“We do not need to learn how to live. We need to remember.”

“Next time you feel like going to a shopping mall for recreation, consider going to a nature park instead.”

“Our life is meant to be spent living our dreams; otherwise, we will live the dreams of others.”

“Our future is determined by our thoughts, beliefs, and actions. If you are not living the life you want, what are you afraid of?”

“If we are busy judging others, we do not have time to love them. The only person we need compare ourselves to is who we were yesterday.”

In summary: Find the good in others. Appreciate those you love. “At least once a day show someone your love. Give a hug, a pat on the back, a kiss, a smile. Your world will change.”

She wasn’t a raving beauty. Her hair always looked like it had been in a hurricane. Phyllis Diller did possess a touch of humor and wisdom. She once said, “The reason women don’t play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public.”

“Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going. I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.”

I’ll close with the Gift of the Present. The story is of a Zen monk who found himself sandwiched between two tigers, one above him and the other below him. He was hanging onto a branch of a cliff. The monk didn’t want to be a lunch for either of the tigers. Imagine this, there was a single ripe strawberry within arm’s reach. He picked it and savored its delightful taste.

The gist of the story without knowing if the monk made it to safety is quite simple:

When you are overwhelmed, allow yourself to taste, to smell and experience the moment. The tigers will find something else to chew on.

If I had a handful of bouquets, I’d hand one out to the Chippewa Falls Public Library and its helpful staff. It is such a nice place to visit and, when time permits, to “hang out.” It truly is a learning place in relaxed mode. Another bouquet to the Chippewa Valley is the VA Clinic and its staff. The VA has been good to me in taking care of my medical needs, professionally and when needed.

If you caught the recent Discover Wisconsin episode about our community, it sure made me feel good that I live here. Maybe it was a rerun. Regardless, it was a “true to life” story of what all of us should be proud of. It focused on our businesses and recreational opportunities to be enjoyed by young and old alike. Call it Chippewa Falls pride if you like. It sure is!

Steve Henry is a former radio and TV news director, and outdoor writer and photographer. He can be reached at


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