Tyranny of the Urgent

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During my senior year of high school, I had a teacher who was an overachiever of the good variety. He was the hiker, and his Mount Everest was the topic of time management.

Imagine that: instructing a group of teenagers (who think they have all the time in the world) that time is, in fact, a golden commodity.

Mr. Krueger was a soft-spoken man, yet his words–read from a tiny, yellow booklet that I can still see with clarity–were earsplitting in their importance:

“Your greatest danger is letting the urgent things crowd out the important.”

He knew what he was talking about.

Though my to-do list looks nothing like it did all those years ago, the truth remains the same. I have a million things I could do, but only a handful I should do today. There is, perhaps, no greater time to reflect on this than a day in which we are saving time.

Thank you, Mr. Krueger, for taking the trek.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Trisha, I love your perspective on many things…thanks for sharing your innerself. I know how difficult it is to express your opinions in a light that welcomes criticism. It's hard. And humbling. I would like to note an opinion on your take of Daylight Savings Time….I have no idea who first coined it "Daylight Savings" because we do not SAVE any daylight…we just move the daylight one more hour into our evenings…and THAT makes people stay out and up longer, which makes them more tired in the morning, gives us darker morning treks, which causes more accidents on the roads etc. So it is not a light SAVINGS that affects us, it is the change in our perception of light and our discipline with and attention to the time we have. No one is saving time by moving their clocks forward an hour, we are adjusting our pupils to lesser and greater light. May your adjustments be swift and sure today! Enjoy the lighter evenings, Karen

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great post today. Important thought to ponder.

  3. Anonymous says:


    Thanks for the note! I absolutely welcome feedback–positive or negative. And I understand Daylight Savings. Perhaps it was a poor choice of wordplay on my behalf. :)

    Perhaps I should have said that Daylight Savings saves us no time, but we can save ourselves time in the choices we make. Better?

    Thank you for your feedback. Always appreciated.


  4. Anonymous says:

    Great post as always. I come on here every Sunday to catch up and it's always worth my time. Thank you.

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