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The One Second Cure
By William S. Cottringer
Last edited: Saturday, November 26, 2005
Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2005

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Our concept of and relationship with time, determines the progress which our evolutionary growth brings its rewards to us.



Bill Cottringer



“In anything, timing is everything.”


     These five simple words first spoken by Lao Tzu are profound ones that contain the wisdom of a whole universe. Having personally been frozen in time, oddly by being trapped inside the burning ring of fire of ADHD, and in a blink of an eye, I gradually but suddenly understood both the affliction and gift of this prevailing characteristic. This creative burst is the one second cure to eliminating the monkey we have all put on our backs and all the other problems we can imagine.


     Time is the most precious resource we have in life and yet the most mismanaged one. I know this personally because experiencing the consequences of this idea is both the affliction and gift of ADHD, or whatever other prevailing characteristic that can either limit or expand your own potential.


     A very powerful insight to understand is: Our present notion of time is what gives us our current amount of what we all want—genuine success, authentic happiness, and peaceful contentment—from growing into our best signature self. On the other hand, mismanagement of time results in the unwanted failure, unhappiness and discontent that makes up the gap between where we are and where we want to be.


     There are two opposite notions of time that the one second cure can reconcile. On the one hand there is the mechanical version which makes the orderly sequence of the past, present, and future seem convincingly real and certain; on the other hand, there is a psychological version which allows being in the now moment to expand into infinite, endless eternity where you can create vast new realities. 


     The mechanical notion of time is a human invention with the purpose of giving artificial order to the anticipated chaos of the psychological notion of time. In other words, we created this mechanical version of time to slow life down in order to control it so we can do more with it; ironically our race for speed freezes us in time and we end up not having enough left to get anything done, let alone the things we really want or need to do. The result is needless frustration that gets us stuck in making growth progress.


     But the good news is that time mismanagement—getting trapped by the illusion of mechanical time we created—serves the positive purpose of exposing the greatest secret of all time, which is the one second cure found in the psychological realm of time.


     The one second cure is the gradual but sudden realization is that we separate ourselves from life, putting our feeble human spin on what time means to us personally, just so we can appreciate and enjoy both time and life as they really are, which is anything and everything we imagine them to be. That journey in the mind can be either the longest or shortest one we can take, depending upon how aware we become in dealing with the reality and illusion of the gap we have created between where we are and where we want to be.


     The one second cure to all problems is a blink of the eye decision to join the now moment with the wisdom of insecurity. This can only happen by letting go of all the false securities that we created in our drive to separate ourselves from and control life apart from it, as it really is—both mechanical (determinism) and psychological (free will), depending on which serves the better purpose of helping us to grow most at a particular point in time.


     So, what is a concrete application of the abstract idea of the one second cure that you can get your teeth into and use right now, to help close the gap between where you are and where you want to be?  It has to do with accepting responsibility for creating the gap and then simultaneously imagining less of a distance between here and there and running faster to get there. You are now applying the one second cure by redefining success to be “paying attention to doing the best you can at whatever you are doing right now.” 


     By using one second of time well, the minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years will all take care of themselves in giving you more success, happiness, and contentment than you thought you could imagine. As it turns out, this is much easier done than said with the one second cure. In the end, all you may have to do is give up your reason for not allowing your potential to unfold as quickly as it would like to. Its all in the timing.




William Cottringer, Ph.D. is President of Puget Sound Security in Bellevue, WA. He is author of two books that explain the one second cure—You Can have Your Cheese & Eat It Too and The Bow-Wow Secret:  Seeing & Being Your Signature Self. He can be reached at (425) 454-5011 or





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