The 8.8 earthquake that shook Chile last Saturday shortened the length of the day! It's only 1.26 millionths of a second but still! We have less time! As an editor/student/writer/teacher, I'm always concerned about time. There seems to be so little of it in a given day, and no matter what, I'm always jamming too much into my day, trying to get everything done and not being able to. Maybe in that 1.26 millionth of a second we just lost, I would have finally found time to properly clean my apartment or go to the grocery store or finish that story I've been working on. Alas, I know that is not so and I would probably just waste that 1.26 millionth of a second surfing the internet or dawdling on the my to campus.
But it reminds of the terrific writing advice I received from Don Belton: every month he made a list of things that he felt he procrastinated with, and he would try to cut them out. I like that this is a monthly activity instead of an all encompassing big New-Year's-this-year's-gonna-be-the-year type resolution. I like the smallness of taking stock each month and finding the few moments when you can spend time writing. Those small moments can really add up to something big.