Did you know that during any given day you have eight hours at your disposal, to prioritize and fill?

The philosophy of the “third eight” was coined by Phil Smart Sr. In a 24-hour day, we try to work for eight hours and sleep for eight hours, but Phil believed that what we do with the remaining eight hours makes all the difference in the world. His example taught that when we give a slice of our time in the third eight to give back to our community, or help someone personally, the world is a better place.

Phil passed away several years ago and he is remembered as a stalwart of Seattle civic life. Phil volunteered at Children’s Hospital for 46 years, visiting children in the rehabilitation unit on Wednesday nights and for 26 years showing up on Christmas mornings as “the real Santa Claus.”

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