Thought for the Day September 26, 2014 Pony Express

HCI logoIn 1860, the Pony Express was founded to deliver mail and small packages across the United States. Stations were 10 miles apart where the rider would change horses and continue his daily (or nightly) ride until he had gone 100 miles. A horse could ride about 12.5 miles per hour at a full gallop for 10 miles. To this day, riders try to duplicate this feat (and they do) just for fun. When we lived in Payson, AZ, we would see these modern day pony jockeys. The Pony Express only lasted about 18 months. Then the telegraph took over.

On May 24, 1844, Samuel Morse sends the telegraph message “What hath God wrought?” from the Supreme Court chamber in the Capitol in Washington, D.C., to the B & O Railroad Depot in Baltimore, Maryland.

The_Overland_Pony_ExpressOn October 24, 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph message was sent by Chief Justice Stephen C. Field, 5th Chief Justice of California, from San Francisco, CA to President Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D.C., via a line built by the Western Union Telegraph Co. I couldn’t find his message. He was very bright and became the Supreme Justice. His message was to President Lincoln. I think it said, “What in the hell is going on in South Carolina?” Well, not really.

Anyway, my point here, if there is one, is that we do not need to be like the Pony Express. We can slow down, take our time to do things right, to take the time to think things out. Being in a rush all the time is not good for most people. Some get sick because of it.

Your body and mind need a break. They need rest too. I’m not telling you to be lazy and not get off your butt. I’m telling you to pace yourself for a more efficient and meaningful life.

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