3 Seconds Is All You Have

Sweet Memories

Time offers us the past, the future, and the present.

Naturally, not in that chronological order.

But are you aware of what’s called the “psychological present”?

It’s a window of about 3 seconds that defines the present – everything else is either past or future.

So, in a way “yesterday” was 3 seconds ago…
and “tomorrow” is only 3 seconds away…
or at least that is my spin on it. You can credit me with that statement.

Life happens in 3-second chunks of time. Even hugs.

Somehow it has been determined that “intervals of about 3 seconds are basic temporal units of life that define our perception of the present moment. That rhythm has fundamentally shaped humans’ biological and social evolution.”

“Balderdash” you say…?

Then you might want to check out this Creative Braintrust article regarding memory hacking over on Fast Company:

“How day-to-day experiences are compiled into memories is dependant in large part on when the story you tell yourself starts and stops. Life is experienced contiguously as an ongoing stream, a timeline, if you like. The psychological present is estimated to be about 3 seconds and each 3 seconds are either the beginning of a story, an ‘event’, or the end of one. If nothing important to the story happens in those 3 seconds (one, two, three)…they vanish. As Nobel prize winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman has pointed out, our minds convey to us an illusion of verisimilitude. We believe that our memories are accurate records of our lives, but this simply isn’t the case. They are packaged up as stories: details that don’t fit the narrative are blurred out, key moments are highlighted and amplified. The almost fractal self-similarity of a working day, week, month, year, blurs things together over time.”

The read isn’t centered around the psychological present as much as it is about memories, especially those created by travel and vacations, but the 3 second explanation is clear and concise there.

So really…

3 seconds is all you have right now. After that it is history. Before that it was nothing but something in the future.

Such things are midnight thoughts made of.

source: Fast Company
image source (CC BY 2.0): ‘Sweet Memories‘ by Alison Christine on Flickr

What a Whopper of a Lie!

There’s an event today that attracts liars. On purpose. I kid you not!

Lie, Lies, Lies

New Harmony, Indiana celebrates its annual Kunstfest the third weekend of September. The Saturday attraction includes the “always uproariously funny annual Big Whopper Liars’ Contest for tellers of tall tales!” It has been held for many years now…

“Every 3rd Saturday in September since 1988 [or 1989 depending on the source], men and women have gathered in New Harmony, IN to celebrate the tall tale. The event was started by local trickster Aubry Robison, Jr., but after his death several years ago, [Jeff] Fleming took over the helm. About fifteen contestants take the stage in front of a crowd of maybe 400. They get four minutes to spin the most incredible yarn they can come up with. A team of judges award points for exaggeration, humor, stage presence and storytelling ability. This event, which will cost contestants and spectators alike $5 to enter, is now a part of Kunstfest, a weekend-long German period festival.”

I couldn’t go for lack of original material, although what I just pulled on my wife might qualify

Somehow a cricket got into the house and my wife yells for me to come get “this” bug in the bathroom. Of course, she took her eyes off of it when she came to the stairs to see if I was on my way to save her. However, by the time we returned, the cricket was nowhere to be found.

Now, I’m not sure why that unnerved my wife so much except she does like a perfectly quiet sleeping environment. That’s understandable, right?

Her question that followed was a bit surprising however… so after she asked,

Crickets don’t bite, do they…?“, I HAD to be completely honest and reassuring by replying,

“No… but they do nibble at your eyelids.”

(When WILL I ever learn!)

BTW, the New Harmony event makes today yet another official holiday: Big Whopper Liar Day.

…honest! Cross-my-fingers-and-hope-to-die truth! Google it!

original article source: Diane Forrest via Keeping it Simple (kisbyto)

with event verified at the New Harmony site

“Lies” image courtesy f007supergirl via Photobucket

Trouble Is You Think You Have Time

#midnightthought — Budda. So many thoughts. So many times quoted. This single thought, however, could be the basis for an entire book: “The trouble is, you think you have time.

When you’re young, time is of little concern except for those life events such as approaching holidays, birthdays, parties, dates, and a multitude of other personally anticipated times. This quote is not about those times…

If you’re older, explaining the quote is probably not necessary.

If perhaps you’re into your senior years, you may have even used the quote, unknowingly…

If you’ve lost a loved one, explaining the quote certainly isn’t necessary.

There are a few rare individuals who realize the meaning of the quote, and actually do something before time runs out. They make the time to do what’s important. They get it done. They give a hug. They say I love you. They write that letter, or make that phone call. They visit that person who needs to see you. They realize how valuable time is.

Touble Is No Time -Budda

Epic Game of Patty Cake

Try to keep up as this talented group takes the childhood game of patty-cake to the next level! Patty-cake and “I’ll Think Of You” really do mix…

What happens when you mix 4 talented young musicians with a game of patty-cake? You get this, one of the most amazing and mesmerizing performances you will ever see.

For others. catch the play list that is mentioned on Viralnova too…



source: Viralnova

Dreams Keep Us Awake

Dreams Keep Us Awake” is one way of restating India’s ex-President Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam’s expression. However, he says it better, provided you get it’s true meaning.


is not what you see in sleep


is the thing which doesn’t let you sleep

My first reaction to it was that I wanted to correct the grammar. My reaction to my reaction was “Oh… I get it now…

These Dreams are not to viewed as a fleeting fantasy. These Dreams are the driving force in your life…

Exactly! You may dream while you sleep, but the visionary dreams…? They are well framed in the expression “Dreams is not what you see in sleep. Dreams is the thing which doesn’t let you sleep!”

image source: Always Grow Personally’s Facebook page.

Why Are Hopes and Dreams Like Teardrops?

Q: Why are hopes and dreams like teardrops?

A: they both can get lost…

teardrops get lost in the rain;
hopes and dreams get lost in reality.

Tear Drops in the Rain

Hopes and Dreams are like teardrops in the rain, they get lost in reality.

“Isn’t it funny how as children we have the biggest amount of expectation for our lives when we grow older, but only a small amount of us actually follow and accomplish our dreams, while the rest of us are stuck working jobs that we know aren’t really too fulfilling?”
(read more)

Yes, it is life’s difficulties and challenges (the reality of it all) which make it so easy for us to lose sight of our hopes and dreams. Yet, hopes and dreams can be made a reality when really wanted. It takes a strong will, some talent, a superb plan, and desire, but deep down we all have what it takes!

source: searchquotes

No Need to Explain Your Thoughts Here


In the day, towards sunset, I await someone to share the end of day.

I see the beauty of impending darkness, not knowing if anyone will come to this lonely spot.

My invitation awaits your answer.

Come sit awhile. Here, you do not need to explain your thoughts.

A Little Learning is a Dangerous Thing?


Call it the Hazard of Learning Little…

Alexander Pope said:
“A little learning is a dangerous thing.
Drink deep or taste not the Pierian Spring;
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
and drinking largely sobers us again.”

A Little Learning is a Dangerous Thing

“Pope is also renowned for being the third-most quoted English-language writer by The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, and the two couplets above are perhaps his most quoted lines.

The “little learning..”, or as commonly misquoted “little knowledge..”, is an excerpt from his monumental poem An Essay on Criticism. The poem discusses virtues and flaws which influence a sound criticism of a work of art. Pope was a great champion of…” [read more]

His argument is that “little learning” is a real hazard…

What can we do? Well, for one, check out this free “Memory Mastery” video
If you are a bit hesitant to do that, check out the post at The Ongoing Mind first…

“Education does not stop with a high school or a college diploma – our knowledge gets quickly outdated. Without a continuing conscious education we cannot notice the minor, or understand the major problems that we individually or collectively have to face, not to mention coming up with lasting solutions. We need to “drink deep”, or never stop “learning to learn”, all for the betterment of, if not the world then at least of the things and people we value the most.”

source: Hazard of Learning Little
via Kwik Learning

Make Mistakes

#midnightthought — “You are supposed to make mistakes – that’s life.”

Have you ever tried explaining this to your teacher when you failed that test? Have you ever tried explaining it your parents…? Have you ever tried explaining it to yourself, time and time again… until it makes sense?

Because, once you get out of school, move out on your own, get into relationships… you’ll learn that making mistakes is a necessary part of life. It’s when you don’t learn from your mistakes, that problems persist. It’s when you learn from your mistakes that life gets easier.

You're supposed to make mistakes

First a Dream Then a Reality

Being mindful of your dreams can result in wondrous things. Edgar Allan Poe’s quote gets us started…

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.”

First a Dream Then a Reality

But it’s what L. Frank Baum said in the Preface to The Lost Princess of Oz (1917) that concisely explains the power of a dream and imagination…

“Some of my youthful readers are developing wonderful imaginations. This pleases me. Imagination has brought mankind through the Dark Ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity. Imagination has given us the steam engine, the telephone, the talking-machine, and the automobile, for these things had to be dreamed of before they became realities. So I believe that dreams — day dreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain machinery whizzing — are likely to lead to the betterment of the world. The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to create, to invent, and therefore to foster civilization. A prominent educator tells me that fairy tales are of untold value in developing imagination in the young. I believe it.”

Then, it is those dreams of the day that become the midnight thoughts that keep us awake in anticipation of what may be.

image source: famousquotesabout.com