Thursday, November 17, 2011

Give me two extra hours in a day and I’ll stretch it to eternity


If only I had two extra hours in a day...Sigh!

I have a wish list like everyone else. With the extra time on my hands, the first thing I’d do is make a Bucket List and then get down to doing all those things. This is my first thought. For those ignorant with this term that became a mantra when the movie The Bucket List hit the cinema screens in 2007, a Bucket List is a wish list of things to do before one "kicks the bucket"; hence, the term. Interesting ain’t it?


On second thought, with two extra hours at hand, I’d read all the books I never get time to read, watch movies that always need at least two hours of uninterrupted pleasure time to enjoy, learn to dance like the stars, shop till I drop...Whew I can ramble on and on and on...

I’ll stop raving about the wonderful things I can do if only I had time. The important question is, “What am I truly not doing because of lack of time?”

As we age (and I’m not old, not by a long shot, not by any standard unless you consider a child’s viewpoint where anyone over 20 years is old), we tend to get set in our ways. We become selfish, unwilling to compromise on many things. Our egos are inflated with a false sense of pride. We stop attending family functions and spend more time at work or with friends.

All our accomplishments are for naught if we don’t have family with us to see us through the end of life.

There are stories of successful people who’ve achieve far more than any of us could have ever dreamed about. Many of them have died with regret on their lips, regret that they didn’t spend enough time with their families, regret for not mending fences when they were younger, regret that they cut ties off from loved ones, regret that they didn’t introspect enough when they had all the time in the world, regret that they were alone in their last days...

I would give up movie time, reading time and shopping to spend the extra time with my family and loved ones. I’d use the two extra hours every day visiting family, talking to friends, mending fences, introspecting so that I can be a better person and have no regrets when I get old. I’d play with children, laugh with elders, joke with friends and be happy with each day.

Random acts of kindness go a long way. The additional point I’m trying to make if it isn’t all too evident is that if Surf Excel Matic can give us the opportunity to even think about it, then we can make it happen. Cull out time to do the things that will empower you to have no regrets through life.

Thanks to the Surf Excel Matic #GetSmart Contest, I really thought about having 2 extra hours. And to speak about the product itself, well, the truth is that it is a smart buy. You save time and money by using Surf Excel Matic. Don’t blindly believe me—get to the store and try it yourself.

28 comments:

Reethika Singh said...

Wise words, those. An extra two hours we should all strive towards. :)

Rajvanthi said...

Very well said! Many of us don't realize this...

Ravia Gupta said...

"Washing away regrets", wonderful thought and moved my heart!

Anukriti Sharma said...

Bucket list... Wow! that's a great concept! Would surely try and make one myself... Your post gave me a sense of happiness... Thank you for writing this... All the best for the contest :)

zradar said...

Oh so lovely..Good luck for the contest.."Washing away regrets", sounded so like surf excel washing away stains :-) kidding :-)keep posting
here is my take on the usbjet - http://zradar.wordpress.com/2011/11/17/we-learn-with-time-and-burn-the-same/ do have a look

zradar said...

Oh so lovely..Good luck for the contest.."Washing away regrets", sounded so like surf excel washing away stains :-) kidding :-)keep posting
here is my take on the usbjet - http://zradar.wordpress.com/2011/11/17/we-learn-with-time-and-burn-the-same/ do have a look

KM said...

Thanks for all the wonderful comments. Feels good to get acknowledgement for my thoughts.

KM said...

Time is perishable, although not a commodity, once spent, you can never get it back.

nita said...

Wonderfully written and a great reminder for us all

joel fernandes said...

not many of us would have thought of spending time with our families as a bucket list option,instead we would think of material things to do

maliny said...

good read that was..inspired me it did :)

Anonymous said...

I would sleep ( not the permanent one ) for extra two hours :-)

KM said...

I've given life some serious thought lately trying to figure out what truly makes us happy. Material things give us momentary pleasure. It's love, trust and other emotions (positive ones) that aid in happiness.

monisha said...

Got me thinking about what I would do with an extra two hours.

Ashika said...

So true! Life is short. We all need to realise what we value in life.

Devika Machiah said...

Very well written. Lets make the best of the time we have. Life's too short to have regrets.

All the best for the contest.

Madhur said...

Very well written post. Liked the "don't die having regrets" as taht's my mantra of life too. Good going... best of luck for the contest.

Kavitha (Machiah) Cariappa said...

Looking at all the wonderful comments made me realize even more how precious time really is. Everyone wants just a little more time - to sleep, to dream, to chat, to spend with someone...

Hardly anyone ever wants time to work (unless it's to meet a deadline).

Time is precious; life is more precious.

Neethu Bopanna said...

well written… so much time is lost…let us not waste more…just the kind of reading I was looking for… :)

Changz said...

Loved reading this blog. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate how much time and effort you’ve put into this. All of the content is absolutely wonderful and a joy to read. keep up all the great work, KM. Cheers!

Kavitha (Machiah) Cariappa said...

I love the concept of a Bucket List. Seriously, we just don't know what will happen to us tomorrow. It's not that something bad may happen; it's just that life can just change - and the things you can do today may not be possible tomorrow. For example, when you're 25 and trying to do yoga, your body is so much more able to adapt to the flexibility required. At 35, it's harder to do.

Anonymous said...

This is superb. Beautifully and simply put. Sometimes, less is more. The way you've expressed your thoughts gives me much to think about in life. What is really important in life?

Kavitha (Machiah) Cariappa said...

I lost a dear cousin a while ago. He was only 21-in the prime of his life. That was my closest experience with death - one that affected me for a long time. He touched a number of lives, age range from 8 to 80, and made a real difference. This boy loved life and people. He spent every moment he could with family and dear friends. Many tears were shed at his funeral. It made me think about myself and how many people I truly care about and how many truly care about me. 2005 changed my life in many ways. I value the time I have today with people. Extra time would be well spent making someone's day brighter :-)

Swatika Ghoshal said...

Lovely and how true...just can't stop reading it again and again

Vasantha said...

Excel lent article

chinnappa said...

good one mac.....
Every one s gotta have a bucket list ....Don't get bogged down in concerns for what you've tried and failed.It is far better to concern yourself with what is still possible for you to do.....

Kavitha (Machiah) Cariappa said...

Looking forward is key. We ought to remember everyday that life is about today. We cannot turn back clocks. We cannot wash away the past. What we can do is seize the moment. We live only once, so let's just live it up. Save time where we can and let machines do the work. That's what innovation and engineering is all about!

Prothium K P said...

Never enough…! But if there was more there would still not be enough.

Lastly, 24hours is enough for me.
It's all about willingness to allocate time for your near and dear within your available 24hrs.

Cheers Rajesh K P