Subject: I’m Late, I’m Late
Welcome to Celebrating the Journey!
Friday, April 12, 2002
Issue #82


1. Welcome Notes
2. I’m Late, I’m Late
3. Coaching: Be Early, Be Early
5. Celebrating Out Loud!
6. Humor: More Information Than You Ever Wanted To

1. Welcome Notes

Again, thank you to the many of you who have sent good
wishes and prayers as I recover from major “female”
surgery of 10 days ago. (It wasn’t back surgery as some of
you thought.) I am almost back to my old self which
astounds me. Your emails have been very helpful and most

I want to welcome our new subscribers. It appears that the
Difference Between Cats and Dogs was forwarded to many
people. Thanks for that. I want to invite both new and old
subscribers to let me know how CTJ can be of more value to
you. What works about it for you? What doesn’t? What
would you like to see more of? What less? Please let us
know at And when you like
what you read, please forward it to friends, family and

It’s a gorgeous spring morning here in the Santa Cruz
Mountains. I am driving with my top down these days,
loving how the wind and warm sun feels on my face.

New leaves are sprouting like mad on the trees, and the
deer who wander through my front yard on a regular basis
are feasting on the tender young shoots that are appearing
almost hourly. Spring has sprung, the sun is bright, life is
good. Enjoy!

2. I’m Late, I’m Late. For A Very Important Date

Well, if you’re late, how important is that date, really? Or
that person?

Most of us know at least someone who is pretty much
always 5 or 10 minutes late. (15 minutes is my limit. I leave if
a person is 15 minutes late, whether it’s a business or
personal appointment.) How do you feel when someone is
late? Mildly annoyed? Resigned? Frustrated? Angry?
Certainly these are all understandable responses when we
arrive on time and the person we are meeting does not.

I also feel disrespected.

What statement do we make when we are chronically late?

Basically we’re saying, “I’m more important than you are,”

I’m the first one to profess that we need to put ourSelves
first in our lives, at a heart and soul level. That doesn’t mean
treating other people in a disrespectful manner. And that’s
what being chronically late does, no matter what our
intentions are, no matter how “valid” the reason, chronic
lateness basically thumbs our noses at the rest of the world.
And that karma will definitely come back to haunt us.

Is that the message you want to send to your friends, your
community, your family, your business associates?

3. Be Early, Be Early

I’m guessing it isn’t.

“But I try to be on time, I really do. I always mean to be on
time, and something just seems to happen.”

Chronic lateness shows up in my therapy and coaching
practice on a regular basis. There are a number of reasons
why people are habitually late. They include adrenaline
addiction, lack of reserves of time, repressed anger, and old

Addressing those issues at a deep level is beyond the scope
of this newsletter. However, whenever I work with
someone around time, we begin with the idea of being early
– to everything.

Arrive at the office early, arrive for your business lunch
early, arrive for your date early, be home before you told
your kids you would be there. Be early for everything!

“I don’t have enough time to be early. I have too much to do
to waste that time.”

That’s the most common response I hear to the request to
be early. That time isn’t wasted! I’ll write more about that in
next week’s CTJ.

Be 15 minutes early for everything this week. Create a
reserve of time. Get up earlier, leave earlier, leave that one
last thing undone.

Be 15 minutes early for everything. You’ll be amazed at the
time and space it gives you.


Growth means change: change your attitudes, perspectives,
patterns, and habits.

The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts,
deeds and words return to us sooner or later, with
astounding accuracy.
Florence Scovel Shinn

If the world is really just a stage and we are all actors, what
kind of play are you writing with your life?
Coach Phil Humbert

It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the
limits of our abilities do not exist.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

5. Celebrating Out Loud

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more
there is in life to celebrate.
Oprah Winfrey

I celebrate the gift of healing this week. I am close to being
my old self only 10 days after major surgery. My gratitude
and celebration are big!!

Know someone who’s celebrating a great occasion? Or a
small one? What better gift than to forward them a copy
of Celebrating the Journey with a celebratory wish in it.
Let’s spread the joy!

6. Humor: More Information Than You Ever Wanted To

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time
television were Fred and Wilma Flintstone

Coca Cola was originally green.

Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the
U.S. Treasury

State with the highest percentage of people who walk to
work: Alaska

Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%
Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

First novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National

111,111,111 X 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army
for the General Purpose vehicle, G.P.

Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace.

Honey is the only food that doesn’t spoil.

The highest number of collect calls of the year are made on
Fathers Day.

Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.

Give yourself the gift of being early this week.

Namaste, Margo

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Come to the edge, life said.
They said: We are afraid.
Come to the edge, life said.
They came.
It pushed them…
And they flew.
Gulliaume Apollinaire

Margo Chisholm
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