As we move forward we leave behind us this year a string of moments that has extended to this period where we are today. With only two days left of the calendar year we have but memories of time that we have either wasted or used efficiently. As we look toward midnight, day after tomorrow, we still have a brief interval with which we can evaluate how we have spent the past 363 days.
We speak of time as if we can control it. We act as if it is our possession yet, every day we see that it has the power to mock us as we gaze at our reflection in the mirror. Life teaches us lessons about time. No matter who we are, where we are, or who we are with, we eventually learn that time can have two sides to it. It can be very generous with us or very unforgiving.
“Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.”
Time always presents us with choices. We can make use of it in the moment, contemplate it or end up regretting how we spent it. We can engage time in helping us to measure our progress or blame it for our not fulfilling our promise. Time can be a factor in our success or the reason for our failures.
“The clock talked loud. I threw it away, it scared me what it talked.”
Tillie Olsen, Tell Me a Riddle
In matters of the heart, time can be our friend or our enemy. It can help us forget or draw us back into a world that we cannot change.
We can manage our time or mismanage it. We choose. We can squander it by placing wings on it and watching it fly away or treasure it too much by hoarding it until it’s all used up.
- A secret
- A false notion
- An illusion
- Long and drawn out
- Fast and fleeting
- A superficial factor
- A cloud that impairs our judgment
- A father
- A gift
- A mixed blessing
- The perfect moment
- The wrong opportunity
- The focus of an obsession
- Bartered and traded away
Time cannot be:
- Overlooked (without consequences)
- Necessarily bring relief
- Run backward
- Be returned once used
“For disappearing acts, it’s hard to beat what happens to the eight hours supposedly left after eight of sleep and eight of work.”