A few weeks ago many of us across the country moved our clocks forward one hour. The change marked the beginning of daylight savings time. Europeans and Americans have been toying with time change for a long time. The first nationwide daylight saving change in America was in 1918. The change only lasted a year. But many local communities and states kept their own daylight saving changes in place. By 1965, daylight savings statutes across states and municipalities were a tangled mess. For example, a 35 mile bus ride from Steubenville, Ohio to Moundsville, West Virginia crossed through 7 distinct time zones!
So in 1966, the government passed the Uniform Time Act, mandating six months of standard time and six months of daylight saving time. In 2005, the law moved us from six to seven months of daylight savings time. Has it made a positive difference? If you are an outdoor retailer, the answer is yes! The golf industry in 2018 reported the extra month generated an additional $400 million in revenue. But if you work in a hospital emergency room, the answer is a resounding no! Heart related visits to the ER spike 24% the Monday after the springtime switch. The opposite happens in the fall. Heart related ER visits decrease 21% when the clock is turned back and we gain an hour of sleep. The debate goes on.
I am curious. How do you use your time each day? Are there enough hours to accomplish your tasks? Does your schedule bring a frown or a smile to your face? With so many “good” things calling for our attention, do we take time to engage in the “best” things in life?
Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days, so we can have a wise heart”. Good advice for an “always connected” and “always busy” world.