“In the late 1880s, Lester Moore worked as a Wells Fargo Station Agent in the Mexico-United States border town of Naco, Arizona. One day a man named Hank Dunstan arrived at the Wells Fargo station to pick up a package he was expecting. When Moore handed him a badly battered and mangled package, Dunstan became enraged over the condition of it and an argument ensued. The argument quickly became heated and both men reached for their guns. Moore was shot four times from Hank Dunstan's gun.
Before Moore died, he managed to fire off one shot of his own, hitting Dunstan in the chest and Dunstan died from his injury. Lester Moore's body was transported to the nearby town of Tombstone, where he was buried in the Boothill Graveyard. There he became forever known for the epitaph inscribed on his headstone.”
The humor, of course, is found in the line, ”No Les, no more”, which is a take on his name “Lester Moore”. But it also resonates with us because we all struggle with the business of having less or having more.
Ironically, in the busy modern world, many have discovered that having more is actually akin to having less; and conversely, having more is actually akin to having less! Irony of ironies; but nonetheless quite true.
My last couple of posts have been devoted to sharing helpful items provided by other writers from their own blogs and/or web sites. I wanted to add one more today. Bernice Wood runs a web site titled “Living the Balanced Life”. It is devoted to first defining and then living out one’s priorities.
She shares her story of how she was able to achieve the seemingly ideal life. But she also shares how that life took its toll on her. Most importantly, she shares how she was eventually able to overcome her struggles and find peace.
Today, she is a certified life-coach, speaker, and writer who runs more than one web site and blogs regularly. One of her blog categories is devoted to managing one of life’s greatest resources, which is one’s time. Under this category, three specific posts, all quite short, offer some very good advice. These include: (1) 8 Ways to Slow Life Down; (2) 8 Reasons We Don’t Have Enough Time; and (3) 4 Reasons You Should Do Less. These posts, along with several similar ones, contain sound advice on time management. Check them out at: http://thestressedmom.com/category/timemanagement/.
To be sure, Les Moore would have probably liked to have had more understanding from his customer, Mr. Dunstan. We all want our careers to go as smoothly as possible. But, in the end, that which he would probably have preferred even more was some additional time! Ms. Woods came to grasp this. Others have as well.
And if you are at the point in your life where you have begun to discover that time and the proper use of it are some one of your most valuable assets, be sure to consider some of the practical advice offered by writers like Ms. Woods. And remember as well the admonition from one of our country's wisest philosophers, Benjamin Franklin, who once said: "Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of!"
Or, as the Apostle Paul admonished us some two thousand years ago in his New Testament letter to the Ephesians (5:15-16), we should each "look carefully" to how we live out our lives, "not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time."
SOURCES: Ms. Woods’ two web sites are http://livingthebalancedlife.com/ and www.thestressedmom.com. The above referenced articles can all be found at: http://thestressedmom.com/category/timemanagement/.
Keep scrolling down at the bottom of the page for the link to “Older Entries” in order to find additional posts, such as “Where Did the Day Go!?”
Lastly, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=19899 has both the story and pictures of Les Moore's grave.