In the final months of the job I was doing when I discovered the TMTWGR philosophy, I uttered those words in a team meeting and hoped my co-workers would take note. I can’t remember the exact conversation, but it could have been anything because the words work in so many situations.
Anyway, they absolutely did take note. But not really in the way I expected. On my last day of working there, I received a copy of TIME magazine as one of my leaving presents, with those words on a Post-It note stuck on the front.
If you’re reading this now, guys, I want to thank you for that humour, and I really hope you did take note on a deeper level too. ❤️
“Everything you love turns to dust,
You’d make more of it but you felt rushed,
By all that’s periphery,
You held tight, but on the contrary,
The trick to life is not to get too attached to it,
The trick to life is not to get too attached to it”
A catchy tune with possibly the deepest and most useful lyrics you’ll ever hear.
“This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time.” ~ Tyler Durden
“On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.” ~ Narrator
“The things you own end up owning you.” ~ Tyler Durden
“You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your f***ing khakis. You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.” ~ Tyler Durden
I know this is breaking the first and second rules, but I feel I must give this movie a mention.
When I first saw Fight Club at the cinema in 1999, I didn’t properly get the message. I just thought it was clever and cool and entertaining, which it totally is.
Years later, I realised how it’s a very well-done attempt at violently waking people up. As shown in the movie, the nameless narrator lives in an emotionally-blunted slumber, as a slave to the wage who is preoccupied by stuff instead of things that actually matter (like human connection). I would guess at least one person reading this right now can relate to that in some way.
p.s. The irony is not lost on me that I have a link to buying something when I’m advocating fewer possessions.
“You’ve got to grind, grind, grind
At that grindstone
Though child’ood slips like sand through a sieve
And all too soon they’ve up and grown
And then they’ve flown
And it’s too late for you to give”
The turning point for Mr Banks in Mary Poppins is when Bert manages to get through to him. The change in the man is amazing afterwards. I see so much of myself in pre-epiphany Mr Banks and Bert, as they represent being not aligned with TMTWGR and being aligned with TMTWGR, respectively.
The companion movie called Saving Mr Banks demonstrates how the main message was always about Mr Banks as opposed to Mary Poppins. Definitely worth a look.
Just over ten years ago, I had an epiphany that became the life philosophy that I’ve been trying to live ever since: Time Makes The World Go Round (spending your time wisely is the key to happiness and money is just an expensive distraction).
Ten years on, I reckon I managed to stick to the philosophy about half of the time, and this has made all of my time useful for supporting the TMTWGR philosophy itself: when I was living it, I was very happy; when I was living in a way not aligned with it (putting money first), I was miserable.
Now, in August 2017, I’ve launched my own limited company, Time Makes The World Go Round Ltd, and committed to living the TMTWGR philosophy 24/7, and sharing as much as possible with others … like your good self.
I’ve chosen to do the sharing mostly in blog form to make it relatively easy to write and easy to consume. But I also have a Facebook page, Twitter account, Instagram and YouTube account too (complete with theme tune!).
On a related note, it is my intention to never put a money-barrier in front of any of my content (i.e. keep things free to access), so that anyone who might wish to spend their time reading it can do so.
Hopefully the time you spend here will be worthwhile to you!