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“Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever…” Isak Dinesen

Spring Forward: Enjoy the time for it waits for no one...

Spring Forward: Students in India offer Japan support via AmitDave Reuters

In the aftermath of the events that devastated Japan yesterday, help continues to pour in from around the world.  The New York based Japan Society.Org has created a dedicated page for donations and information. The Red Cross has initiated a relief fund with similar updates. Causes Exchange compiled a list of 10 non-profits offering aid. Many people around the world and in Japan are helping even as they try to maintain some normalcy in their lives. Our thoughts and prayers remain with all affected in the various prefectures.

Bloggers Cocomino and Kristy are fine and shared their experiences of the events in Japan. Same with amblerangel. Megumi and others are safe; they are sad about the events too but appreciate and are grateful for their own safety. One thing becomes apparent, time ticks on, gathering our memories, sweeping us all forward to meet our own destinies… As we move from the dark  winter days to the approaching longer and lighter days of spring and summer, lets appreciate the time we have alone and together.

Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 13 and that means, in countries that observe the tradition, we lose an hour of sleep, while gaining longer spring and summer days through November. On the east coast it goes from EST to EDT. We will be changing the time on our clocks soon, setting them an hour ahead…  I am looking forward to the longer daylight time and the coming of spring… a release from darkness and sadness to love and light.

Of course, I am cognizant of the sad fact that there are others around the world who won’t have this option and how important it is for us to cherish our time… We must stop worrying about our petty stuff and value the time we have. Dinesen says it well, that difficult times help us maintain perspective about what matters. We can let go of the small stuff and look at the bigger picture; love life while we have it. Below is a poem by Mary Oliver. It is on anticipating things to do even with our knowledge that time is ephemeral… What are your thoughts? Have a blessed week ahead.

“Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do, with your one wild and precious life?”  Mary Oliver

Spring Forward: World Line in time past & future...

Spring Forward: Road in Satter Saitama Prefecture via SaitamaShimbun/AP/Kyodo News

Time: Walking to Oak-Head Pond, and
Thinking of the Ponds I Will Visit in the
Next Days and Weeks

Mary Oliver
What is so utterly invisible
as tomorrow?
Not love,
not the wind,
not the inside of stone.
Not anything.
And yet, how often I’m fooled-
I’m wading along
in the sunlight-
and I’m sure I can see the fields and the ponds shining
days ahead-
I can see the light spilling
like a shower of meteors
into next week’s trees,
and I plan to be there soon-
and, so far, I am
just that lucky,
my legs splashing
over the edge of darkness,
my heart on fire.
I don’t know where
such certainty comes from-
the brave flesh
or the theater of the mind-
but if I had to guess
I would say that only
what the soul is supposed to be
could send us forth
with such cheer
as even the leaf must wear
as it unfurls
its fragrant body, and shines
against the hard possibility of stoppage-
which, day after day,
before such brisk, corpuscular belief,
shudders, and gives way.

Positive Motivation Tip: Make the best use of your time… It waits for no man.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: Colorful Spring Flowers by Anita Martinz via Flickr & Wikipedia;
World Line in time past & future via Wikipedia;
Photo of Students in India offer Japan support by Amit Dave Reuters & Caved-in Road in Satter Saitama Prefecture by Saitama Shimbun/AP/Kyodo News via
“Walking to Oak-Head Pond, and Thinking of the Ponds I Will Visit in the Next Days and Weeks” by Mary Oliver, from What Do We Know. © Perseus Books Group, 2001.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

20 Comments leave one →
  1. 13/03/2011 12:31 am

    I changed my clocks and work on Sundays. I pray for all those affected by the Japan devastation and all that. Spring has sprung, new life has begun. Thanks for keep us up to date.

    • 13/03/2011 7:52 am

      I did mine too and then I wondered why the morning arrived so quickly… Blessing all around and have a great Sunday.
      Thanks for stopping in! 🙂

  2. 13/03/2011 5:09 am

    “In the aftermath of the events that devastated Japan”
    … our topics and thoughts will change,
    our ART and our communication.
    “…time ticks on, gathering our memories, sweeping us all forward to meet our own destinies…” – maybe it is too trivial in the future to make happy music. For sure, the rules of blogging will develop from talking about oneself up to connect the world as one family.
    Eliz, your daily blogging is on the best path to follow in a changed world …

    • 13/03/2011 7:54 am

      Merci Frizztext and please don’t give up on music…
      WE all need the soothing sounds of songs to heal us… It really helps.
      Thanks for stopping in! 🙁

  3. 13/03/2011 10:03 am

    Such incredible imagery…powerful without many words.

    And yes, a disaster like this sharpens our focus to live more fully. The challenge is not to slip back into the doldrums of life.

    I’m working on it!

    • 22/03/2011 6:00 am

      Thank you Kimberly, Many of us are doing same… There is so much going on in the world these days that it is hard to just brush it all off… I’d like to rise above the fray while remaining conscious of the turmoil. After all, people are losing lives. 🙁

  4. 13/03/2011 12:10 pm

    As much as we lose an hour of sleep I’m really excited that the days are going to be longer… spring/summer is hopefully around the corner!

    • 22/03/2011 6:01 am

      Same here… I like longer day light time… It makes us accomplish more… at least in my mind I think so. 🙂

  5. 13/03/2011 12:38 pm

    Love your ending quote:
    Make the best use of your time… It waits for no man.

    Here’s another:
    Live today . . . tomorrow may be too late.

    Thanks, Eliz

    • 22/03/2011 6:03 am

      Indeed and I don’t take today or tomorrow lightly… So much to do, so little time. 🙂
      Thank you,

  6. 13/03/2011 3:04 pm

    I LOVE Daylight Savings Time! My father-in-law never changes his watch when it goes back to standard time. He gripes every year that we should stay on DST and have Double DST in the summer, like during WWII. But, he gripes about most everything, he’s 92, ;-/
    Enjoy every minute!

    • 22/03/2011 6:06 am

      Hey, he has earned the right to gripe … lol! I don’t change my personal watch either so it stays at one time… All that back and forth gets wearing but I love the longer day time hours and change all the house clocks. 🙂

  7. 13/03/2011 6:03 pm

    Beautiful post, Eliz…filled with meaningful words…yours and others.
    I love this one: Happiness is not having what you want…it’s wanting what you have.
    And we have soooo much!
    Peace 🙂

    • 22/03/2011 6:07 am

      WE sure do … but a little more and more… it goes on and on. Meanwhile, time keeps ticking. Hope you are doing better with that back. 🙂

  8. 13/03/2011 6:06 pm

    Our hardships in life do give new meaning to our victories. I like going forward, day light savings time gives more daylight in our day, makes our days longer to enjoy the beauty of Spring. 🙂

    • 22/03/2011 6:08 am

      It cheers me up and I love knowing I can get a lot more done before it gets dark again. For instance, I took a walk over the weekend at 6:30pm and at 7:30 it was still light out. 🙂

  9. 14/03/2011 8:10 pm

    Happy to learn that your friends are safe! The number of casualties is disheartening, though. It’s so tragic, and it almost seems unbelievable that something like this happened. I watched TV for the first time in a long time the past weekend; after reading the headlines on the net, I wanted to watch CNN. I had the same reaction that I did the first time I heard about 9/11 and the 2004 tsunami here in Southeast Asia; a mixture of incredulity, sadness, a sense of hopelessness, and fear.

    “Positive Motivation Tip: Make the best use of your time… It waits for no man.” – Wise words, and words that I should listen to. Because of my nature (as a procrastinator), time has often mocked me.

    Thank you for this post. In spite of the fact that it talks about a very tragic event, it gives a sense of hope.

    • 22/03/2011 6:12 am

      Thank you R,
      You know writing helps cheer me up and clear some of my own misgivings about the way humans treat each other… I believe there is a lot of good in the world and that is what sustains us… but the evil, snarky bullies are also there. God help us all.
      Meanwhile time ticks away. 🙂


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