Guest Post: Ian Sohn // @iansohn
I can't imagine walking out of the house without a watch. With a busy job, a working wife and two kids, deadlines often govern my behavior.
Soph has a work dinner, have to be home by 6pm.
I have four minutes until my next meeting. Can I squeeze in a quick conversation with my boss?
My workout takes exactly 40 minutes, which puts me at work by 8:05am.
It's all very transactional in nature. Meaning, I have somewhere to be - some kind of responsibility - and my watch provides the framework within which I can operate. That's the reality of modern life. Or so they tell me.
But a few days ago I did something I never recall doing. Or if I have, I never thought twice about it.
I watched the sun rise over Lake Michigan in Chicago. I had no idea what time it was, and not for a second did I worry about where I had to be. And it was pretty remarkable.
First of all, it was beautiful. I won't attempt to describe it - I'm not that eloquent and besides, I'm hoping most of you haven't waited as long as I did to pay really close attention to a sunrise.
But beyond the physical beauty, it evoked a nearly overwhelming feeling of hope. What I realized, staring across the lake, was that every night leads to one of these incredible happenings - all around the world. It's nearly incomprehensible to me that whether you're in Bangladesh or Boston, this scene plays itself out in some form or another. And for a reason I'm not sure I can articulate, that inspires me. I feel almost childish that it took me 40 years to realize this, but we all move at our own pace.
Don't get me wrong, sunsets are pretty stunning too. But they feel like a time better suited to reflect on what you have, or what you've done. Not what's to come.
So here's my advice: Get yourself out of bed one morning and watch the sun come up. As you do, think about what you hope to accomplish that day. What you can do to have a positive impact on your life, your family, your world. And if you're not a morning person, just lay in bed and notice the light wash over your bedroom - it's really all about the time to be in your own head.
It's something I plan to do more often. And in doing so, I expect it will keep moving me forward in so many ways.
Image: Blipsman, “Sunrise Over Lake Michigan" July 3, 2011 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution