If you’re like me, a day doesn’t go by when we don’t think of time. With every sunrise and every sunset, it shows its true colors. When we’re young it seems like a never-ending supply lies before us, but as we age this “never-ending” supply, slowly but surely (and often quickly), disappears before our eyes. Wondering what happened yesterday, the future already knocks on our door. It’s not without disquiet that we see time passing and come to recognize that the ultimate currency in life isn’t money, but that it’s time.
We humans don’t have nine lives, at least as far as we can tell. Ours is a singular existence with perhaps, if we’re lucky, another kick at the can should we return to earth in some other shape or form having passed through once before. But that’s neither here nor there in a place and time where nothing is certain, except for what we have in the present. The here and now is a gift bestowed upon us, and we would think for most of us, it’s not only our desire, but it’s our aspiration, to live as many “here and now’s” that we can possibly squeeze into this current reality.
Recognizing that life is finite is probably the biggest favor we can do ourselves. By doing so, it brings a whole new level of appreciation to the limited time that we do have. Without appreciation, we take things for granted, we squander and waste, and needlessly do those things that don’t need doing. With it, we accept that drama, any drama, is but a wanton disregard for the sanctity of time. Resentment and anger are but thieves in the night robbing us blind of the peace and tranquility that is ours for the taking (see It’s Time for a Little Tranquility…).
American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) poignantly wrote that “Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.” And so it is that with the passage of time, we become witness to the shadow of our impact upon ourselves and the people surrounding us. For good or bad, our actions have consequences and it’s time’s passage that writes the final chapter on how they’ve played out. What effect did we have? Was it meaningful? Did we achieve to do what we set out to do? Did we make the most of the time allotted us? All worthwhile questions to answer, all worthwhile questions to live for.
In the routine of daily life, it pays to stop, think, and listen. It pays to reflect on what was, what is, and what can be. We must learn to savor the moment lest it leave us too quickly. With each passing year, that year marks a smaller sliver of time lived. The clock ticks without adieu and without prejudice, and affords no one special treatment. We are all equal before the vagaries of time and it’s up to us to make the most of it.
So as we set those clocks ahead to Daylight Savings Time tonight, make a point of taking a second glance. Take a moment to see, hear, and most importantly, feel time’s passage. For buried within that clock is the time of our life, the ultimate currency…
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