“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
“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t
own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep
it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it
you can never get it back.” Harvey MacKay
What wisdom have you learned from/about Time? How has it helped you? Do you believe, as Seneca suggests, that “Time discovers truth.”? When I was a little girl, we had, in our living room, a cardboard cut out of an elderly man, hunched over, wearing a loin cloth, cigar in one hand and walking stick in the other. He trudged along with a pained smile on his face. At the base of the cutout were the following words: Amala Dede. No leave, no transfer. Better to be late than … the late. Amala Dede never had time off, vacation, illness or even a moment to just sit and unwind. Though dressed in native garb, he was a man ahead of his time… He belonged in the modern world of stressed out suits. Something about that piece of art struck me as a child and has stayed with me all these years… I often wondered: Why won’t he put the walking stick down and relax? He didn’t think he had the time to take time out… At least that was his perspective.
“We don’t have an eternity to realize our dreams, only the time we are here.” Susan Taylor
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs
We’ve all heard the line that time is ephemeral and must be lived well… So why do we continue to stress over something that moves forward regardless of our point of view? If time is fleeting, then a lesson it teaches us is to enjoy the moment, the here and now, the spontaneous calling of our heart. For one, time offers us the perspective that we must seize the opportunity that floats our way and use it wisely. If the prompting is to stop and rest, then we must. If it is to increase our activity to meet a project deadline, we must do so too. We have equal, more or less limited, real time with many other people and how we use it must matter to us. While some of us see time as a speedboat hurtling forward; deftly avoiding a collision, others see it as a ferry ride cruising along at the perfect altitude; no rush, no hurry, everything in its own good time… each perspective different than the last… Gratefully, we can modify ours and adopt a time perspective that will help us grow. What do you do with your time? Enjoy your Good Friday & Easter weekend! More below. 😉
“Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.” Henry David Thoreau
“I cannot promise very much.
I give you the images I know.
Lie still with me and watch.
We laugh and we touch.
I promise you love.
Time will not take that away.” Anne Sexton
So yesterday, as I drove back from Massachusetts, I felt quite tired. I’d just spent several hours on the road going up and now I was looping back. I made a conscious decision to embrace the time before me; to stop and rest, to meditate, to spend some time reflecting on the events of the day, and to appreciate the time and embrace the perspective that a blog post can wait. After my pit stop, I was refreshed and drove home and went to bed. After all, I am not Amala Dede and neither should you be him. Take the time to look around and inhale the beauty in your surroundings…. While time waits for no man, if we listen, it does offer us a perspective… suited just for each of us.
Stay Inspired! What are your thoughts? What wisdom have you learned from/about Time? How has it helped you? What do you do with your time? Where do you find inspiration when you are tired? Do share! Thank you. 🙂
This post was inspired by a prompt from SoulPancake: What wisdom have you discovered about time along your writer’s path? How has it helped you? Share your discovery here in 100 words or less.
Positive Motivation Tip: With time, we grow to appreciate the blessing in slowing down and speeding up when we must… enjoy it.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Pocket watch, Clock of the Berenguela tower, Santiago de Compostela cathedral, Galicia, Spain, Kyburg Schloss, via Wikipedia. And/Or Starkwhite clock, by Nina Matthews Photography via Flickr