I sat for 15 minutes, like I’ve done for the past month and a half, quietly, and without movement. This time, I was to sit and think about a friend, and see him in my mind like I last saw him. I was to visualize every detail of the setting that we were last in, including distinctly seeing my friends face. My friend’s name is Paul, and he has been my best friend since we were both in Boy Scouts as children, and I last saw him on Saturday night.
During my sit this week I was also instructed in the Master Key System, to talk to him, in my thoughts of course, about a mutual interest, and watch his expression change, and see him smile. Next, I was to tell my friend a story of adventure, then see his face light up as I tell him my story. Charles Haanel says that if we can do this, we are doing well, and making excellent progress.
I sat for the entire 15 minutes as instructed, without moving; however, at some point during my sit, my nose started to itch. It was killing me, and I wanted to bring my hand to my nose and scratch, but I knew that I couldn’t. The next thing I did though, was to take the thoughts in my mind from the scene with my friend, to wondering what the clock read at that point in time. I was wondering how many more minutes of this itch, that I could not scratch, I would have to endure, when suddenly I realized what Mark Januszewski has been trying to get through to us the last couple of weeks.
Mark asked us to buy a compass, and instructed us to wear it around our neck, or tape it to our watch where the face is. He told us to do this so that we remember that we should not live by the clock, but live by the compass. DING, DING, DING!!!
It occurred to me right then, that by doing this mental exercise (the sit), I was working on my Definite Major Purpose (DMP), but when I was focused on the clock, and what time it was, and when this darn “sit” was going to end so that I could scratch my nose, I realized then and there, that’s how most of us live our lives… By the clock.
Consider this; the alarm goes off in the morning, we get out of bed, we get ready and head out the door, so that we will be on time to our job, because we have an itch to scratch called bills, and debt, and we get to scratch them when we get paid. Then, our stomach growls; we’re hungry, another itch, so we look to the clock, for noon to roll around to scratch that itch. Next, we get the, I want to go home itch, and that’s an itch we can’t scratch until the clock makes its way around to 5PM. Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick tock, is the rhythm that dictates most of our lives. The tick, tock, of the clock.
Freedom from the clock is what Mark is trying to teach us, some of us may get it, and some of us may not get it yet. We all must learn to live our lives with purpose; have something to strive for. Find our bliss, or like Mark likes to call it our dharma. To accomplish this, we cannot look to the clock.
Does the clock give you direction? No, the compass does. Without a compass you cannot find your way, and before you know it… Tick, tock, tick, tock. Your life has passed you by, because you had no direction. You, and your life, were enslaved by the clock. I will not go down this way; therefore, the clock is dead to me.