What Happens in One Minute Around the World? Robinson Meyer considered this question in the March 12, 2014 issue of the The Atlantic, and I share some of his findings below:
25 Americans will get a passport, according to the U.S. Department of State.
58 airplanes will take off around the world, according to the International Air Traffic Association.
11,319 packages will be delivered by UPS, according to UPS.
243,000 photos will be uploaded to Facebook, according to Facebook.
5,441,400 pounds of garbage will be created, according to the World Bank.
7,150,000,000 human hearts (according to the United States Census Bureau) will beat…
500,500,000,000 times, according to the American Heart Association, as their bodies create…
858,282,240,000,000,000 new red blood cells, according to the National Institutes of Health.
After looking at these statistics, you can see that quite a bit happens within a 60 second frame of time. What have you done so far today with the precious minutes of your life? What have you thought, done, and said?
A quick Google search will tell you that the average person will speak between 110 and 150 words a minute. After I read this, I wanted to find something that was between 110 and 150 words that I could say and that would be a great way to start the day.
What I found was the first Psalm that starts the book of Psalms—I’ve always thought it was first for a reason. Take 60 seconds and read it out loud, so you can learn the secret of the “blessed man.”
1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. 4 The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.