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When 5 seconds makes all the difference

When 5 seconds makes all the difference

Really, just five little seconds?

Let’s see, here’s where 5 seconds doesn’t make much difference:

  • When on an around-the-world sailing race,
  • If you’re stuck in traffic on the way to work,
  • During the film when you’re lost in the scene and time doesn’t even seem to be moving.

All the time in the world, right? Who cares about a measly little five seconds?

Let’s look at a few scenarios where it does matter:

  • When the space shuttle is connecting to the lunar landing module and it has to match up exactly for a successful mission,
  • Those times in a car race when the leader is five seconds ahead of you–and remains five seconds ahead for the entire last lap.
  • When your Toastmasters speech hits the maximum 7 minutes and 30 seconds and you go on for another 5 seconds.

If you’re a friend of Pass the Sour Cream, you might recall that I haven’t flown too many space shuttle missions and the only car I have tops out around 130 km/h.

I’m trying not to dwell on What Might Have Been. Or how about a little 20/20 Hindsight?

I was disqualified for my speech last night (and thus disqualified for the competition and out of the running for future competition rounds) because I went 5 seconds over.

I know what you’re saying (because I’m saying it too):

  1. Rules are rules.
  2. If we make exceptions, where do we draw the line,
  3. Suck it up, buttercup.

I”m sucking it up. Rules ARE rules. I’m there. I get it. Let’s see what else I should be saying now:

  1. There’s a learning experience here,
  2. I’ll never make that mistake again,
  3. At least I didn’t lose based on talent,
  4. There’s always a silver lining.

Is there always a silver lining? Really? Like with everything? I’m not seeing it just yet but it’s been under 24 hours.

Well, 24 hours and 5 seconds…

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