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123,840 MINUTES

Submitted by Lucie Lewis, Co-facilitator Central Team

      Teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom. Psalm 90:12

In the movie Rent, there was a song that opens with the words “525,600 minutes,” the number of minutes in a year, and that posed an interesting question about how you measure a year in a life. In a similar vein, a recent documentary film, Two Million Minutes: A Global Examination, by Bob Compton, compared how high school students in the United States, China and India invested the two million minutes of their high school years. The film highlighted some very real differences between the students’ choices. While planning how to spend two million minutes can be a daunting task, breaking that time down into small, deliberate periods provides you with the opportunity to intentionally decide how to number your days so you can “apply your heart to wisdom” -- a pursuit that results in a very manageable and productive investment in yourself and your life.

      There are 123,840 minutes left to the end of the school year. How will you spend them? Will you commit/recommit yourself to excellence? Will you hold yourself accountable to finish well? Or will you mark the time, surrender to spring fever and wait for school to end?

      It does not matter what you have done so far --what you have or have not yet achieved up to now. Going forward, it is how you FINISH that MATTERS. Have you ever watched a relay race? The strongest runner is always the last, or anchor, runner because the final leg of the race is often the defining leg. There are times when the team is counting on the last man to hold onto the lead they have achieved in the first three legs of the race. On the other hand, there are times that the team is looking to the last man to close the gap, take the lead and finish well.

      You do not have anyone to hand the baton off to. You are the last man of this school year’s race to June. How you finish the year is truly up to you. There are lyrics in the finale sequence from Rent whose message is appropriate here. The words are “I should have” and “There’s only this.” July is too late for you to realize you should have. There is only now -- the next 123,840 minutes -- for you to measure this year in excellence. Can you, no, will you take the lead to end with a winning year? Run well and make every moment count.

      The mission of Step Up Springfield is to help you become the best you can be and to be ready for life. Remember, we can stand behind you, but you must stand up for yourself first. For more information on learning to believe in yourself, contact Step Up Springfield at (413) 693-0228.

Rent, Dir. Chris Columbus. 2005. DVD. Revolution Studio Distribution Company, Inc., 2006. Retrieved on February 28, 2008 from http://rentmoviesoundtrack.com/.

Movie Soundtrack. “Season of Love.” Rent. Revolution Studio Distribution Company, Inc., 2006. Retrieved on February 28, 2008 from http://rentmoviesoundtrack.com/.

TWOMILLIONMINUTES: A Global Examination. Dir. Chad Heeter. 2007. Retrieved on February 28, 2008 from http://www.2mminutes.com/. Additional information retrieved from http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=4316090&affil=wrtv

Rent, Dir. Chris Columbus. 2005. DVD. Revolution Studio Distribution Company, Inc., 2006. Retrieved on February 28, 2008 from http://rentmoviesoundtrack.com/.

Movie Soundtrack. “No Day But Today.” Rent. Revolution Studio Distribution Company, Inc., 2006. Retrieved on February 28, 2008 from http://rentmoviesoundtrack.com/.

As published in the AfroAm Point of View in April 2008. Retrieved from http://www.afampointofview.com/POV%20Archives/2008/April2008/StepUp_123840%20Minutes.htm