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Can’t find the time to find the elusive ‘zone’

The Holiday season already - time just flies by. Do you remember as a child how long it took for Christmas to arrive?Every hour of the 24 allotted to each day seemed to drag by at the same rate as a G...


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The Holiday season already – time just flies by. Do you remember as a child how long it took for Christmas to arrive?

Every hour of the 24 allotted to each day seemed to drag by at the same rate as a Grade 11 physics class.

At this point in my life the days of the week race by faster than the hours of the day did when I was younger.

I sometimes struggle to remember what day it is – hoping that it is only Wednesday and then having it pointed out to me that it actually is Thursday.

The frustrating thing is that the pace appears to accelerate as the holidays approach; a period in which it would be oh so much better if time would only slow down.

I’ve read about athletes who find themselves in “the zone” where everything around them seems to slow down.

A batter at the plate who watches the pitcher wind up and release as if in slow motion, the ball almost floating as it moves towards home plate. The hitter knows exactly what type of pitch it is as he watches the seams of the rotating ball and then with a perfectly timed swing he sends the ball effortlessly over the center-field wall.

I think Wayne Gretzky spent his entire on-ice career in “the zone,” everything around him moving at a much slower pace than the rest of us perceived it. How else can you explain his accomplishments?

I wish I knew where one might find “the zone” because I would really like to spend some time there.

I mistakenly thought that by getting some of my holiday chores over early I would ease the pressure and thus find myself in the relaxed state required in order to enter “the zone.”

I didn’t take into account the fact that for my wife, Karen, the number of chores for this season is not finite; time permitting, a few more can always be squeezed in.

At least for now it would appear that the relaxed, almost zen-like state necessary for entry into “the zone” is not to be mine. Time flies by and I have chores to do.

I would like to introduce you to another fellow who I’m sure is feeling the pressures of too much to do and too little time to do it – our new editor, Dean Askin.

Dean comes to us with an extensive and award-winning background in radio, television, and newspaper journalism. We are happy to welcome him to the Truck News team.

Dean and I and the rest of the Truck News family wish all of you and yours a wonderful and relaxing holiday season. May you all find yourselves in “the zone” where time slows down and you truly get to appreciate your moments with loved ones.


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