A Poem: 60 seconds
What happened in the past 60 seconds?
179 cars were produced
2 people died from traffic accidents
1 person was wounded by gun violence
28,500 trees were cut down.
5 books were published
250 babies were born, with 113 of them born into poverty.
107 human lives were lost
116 people got married — how many divorced?
The earth traveled 1,800 km around the sun
4 earthquakes (magnitude 2) slightly tickled the world somewhere
A hummingbird flapped its wings 4,000 times
Human beings consumed 5.2 million kg, wasted 2.5 million kg of food, and generated 2,500 tons of garbage.
UPS delivered 11,319 packages
McDonald’s sold 4,500 burgers
Coca-Cola sold 1 million bottles of soda
You breathed 12-20 times
Your heart has beaten 60–100 times
Your blood circulated 3 times through your vascular system
You blinked 15–20 times, with around 48 thoughts and ideas, most of which were subconscious.
You could have read 130–140 words of something, but I bet you have probably checked your cellphone 4 or 5 times instead.
What can be done in the next 60 seconds?
We could tell a loved one how we appreciate them with a text message, a phone call, or an email. All good.
We could write a thank-you note to someone who has helped us
We could jot down 3 things on today’s to-do list
We could draft a short journal or scribble down a line of a poem that’s flashing by
We could pay someone a compliment – a nod, a smile, a thank-you to the receptionist or the security guard
We could revisit our goals for the year – soon will be time for next year’s New Year Resolution…
We could do 10 jumping jacks or walk 100 steps
We could take 10-12 deep breaths to clear our mind
We could answer 5 emails, starting from the top of the inbox
We could delete 5 junk mail, or even better, ignore them
We could toss dirty laundry in the washing machine, realizing we do have a sofa.
We could drink water or eat a fruit
We could read at least one page of a book
We could make our bed
We could water a plant
We could smile, if to nobody, to ourselves in the mirror
We could open the window and let in some fresh air
We could stand up and stretch our bodies
We could enjoy the sunshine if there is sun, or the rain if there is rain.
We could listen to a song but not finish it
We could close our eyes and do nothing – just savor the moment.
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