If you’re like me, you plan your life around a schedule and time. I didn’t use to be that way as a kid. Then, all we had to worry about was getting up on time for school and playing until the sun went down. We relied on mom to call us when dinner was ready and to tell us when it was time for bed. Life was so much more peaceful then.
There is one constant in life and that’s time. We can’t escape it (in this life anyway). It seems to pass faster as we age, too. I’m not sure why, but scientists say it has something to do with our brain. Who knows, all I know is that it seems like yesterday when I first moved to Texas and met the Mrs. Yet, so much has happened since.
If I had to point to one of the primary causes of stress in my life over the years, it would have to be time and worry about what to do with it. I’ve been one of those people who has been a dreamer most of my life. It seemed like old age was so far away and I had plenty of time to do all the things I wanted to do. Today, if I can hold onto a few extra minutes to sit and do nothing, well, that’s a winning day!
Time seems to control everything from the time I start work and finish, eat dinner, watch favorite shows, call family, go shopping, get to that event, and on and on and on… Being time conscious, being structured and early are traits I try to emulate. Its when others don’t seem to be in the same timeframe established as me, that causes the stress. Deadlines are also one of those things which bring stress to all of us.
The most difficult thing, for me, beyond the stress, is seeing loved ones who have been separated through life’s struggles, growing older and memories lost that can never be captured. I’ve had many of those moments when I look back and see so many things I’ve missed never to be captured again.
So, yes, time can be cruel. If we waste it, it only takes from us. If we stress about it, it only consumes the joy from us. If we spend too much of it on one thing that causes us to fail in life, then it has won the battle.
The photo today was taken a few days back downtown while looking up at the old courthouse. The clock, and our downtown square, remind me of the one in the movie Back to the Future. I didn’t see any lightning, but sometimes I wish I could go back in time to make things right. I know it’s not possible, but, if we all were honest with ourselves, there are moments we wish we could take back and do over.
Hollywood seems almost obsessed with the idea of time travel. Who knows, Einstein said it could be possible, but not in my lifetime. We may not be able to go back and change things, but, we can make today, and every day, a new day. That’s the miracle of life we’ve been given. And, combined with a heart of forgiveness towards others and ourselves, every day can be a new day.
When we choose to let go of those past failures, hurts, pains and lost memories and choose to move forward, time will be on our side. We don’t have to live in the past because God has made every day a new day with Him.
So, here’s to new beginnings my friends, and living every day as a new day. Let’s make time work for us from now on. Wishing you a blessed week-end coming up and hoping you have lots of stress-free time on your hands to enjoy…!
Love always friend,