How Do You Measure a Year?

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Earlier this evening, I had a few minutes between my taxi routine for my daughters (you know, pick them up at 4:30 p.m., then take them back out at 5:00 p.m.) so i decided to take a few moments and see what’s new on iTunes (hey, it’s Sunday afternoon and everyone needs a little down time:-). As I was browsing, I came across a link for the new soundtrack for the upcoming movie, Rent (based on the play by the same name). Actually, it’s not the whole soundtrack (which comes out this week), but just the theme song, "Seasons of Love".  Note: you can also see the movie trailer on iTunes as well.

However, the reason I’m posting about a song, is because I believe this song asks a great question.  It starts out this way,

Five hundred, twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes . . . how do you measure, measure a year?

Now, since I don’t want to get involved in a copyright broil, I’ll just let you listen to the song on your own.  But the song  does go on to mention all kinds of options from daylights to sunsets, from midnights to cups of coffee and from truth learned to bridges burned—and all of their answers culminate into the title of the song, "Seasons of Love."

What’s been interesting for me is that that question has been rolling around in my brain for the past two hours. Five hundred, twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes . . . how do you measure, measure a year?  The end result being that I’ve been using the last few hours (and probably a few more over the next 24 hours) to both reflect back and to ponder forward. 

So how about you? Over the past five hundred, twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes how would you measure your year? What has been great? What has been painful? What have you learned?  How have you loved? How are you different? What did you enjoy?  How would you measure your year?

And then, how about this coming year.  How will you measure the next five hundred, twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes? What will make the next twelve months worthwhile? Or when it’s next September 25th, and you reflect back on the past five hundred, twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes, how will you know that they were well spent? How will you know that they mattered?

Five hundred, twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes . . . how do you measure, measure a year?

Like I said, it’s a question worth pondering.  So will you?

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One Response to “How Do You Measure a Year?”

  1. Phil Gerbyshak 25 September 2005 at 7:54 pm #

    I will measure the next year by the number of new people I make real connections with where I can give these folks a call and/or they can call me, and we can talk about real issues, not just “how’s the weather?” type questions.


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