Losing Time

aisharebeccawritesApril 22, 2016
“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.” (The Time-keeper by Mitch Albom)

TIME. From a young age we are all taught the importance of learning to tell the time. This then becomes the basis of how we navigate our days. Our lives become an endless list of schedules and Time-Keeping. We constantly have somewhere we have to BE or something we have to DO at specific times of day. We set time to wake us up and a time to fall asleep. A time to work and a time to rest. We do all things by time and in doing so time runs away from us.

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What I find most poignant about this quote, is that we created time, we found a way to measure our days and because of this, have become a slave to our own invention. We are the only living organisms that do not ignore time and as such we inadvertently caused our own internal pain and live in fear of not having enough time.

Does our man-made perception of time rule us? I’d say YES. Maybe when we say we are running late or arrived someplace to soon, we are in fact wrong. If we stopped measuring our whole life by time we would be exactly where we were supposed to be. We are not living life by constantly measuring it.

We create a permeant hole in our human hearts, and mourn the loss of time past. We focus on missed opportunities, chances we never took and things we left unsaid. We have choices. We either grab a moment or we let it pass by, but we cannot go back. To dwell on it is to deny ourselves the best thing about looking forward into the future -HOPE.
If we deny ourselves the hope of being better people, or learning from a missed moment we deny ourselves the chance to truly live.

DOR: There is a reason God limits our days.

Victor: Why?

DOR: To make each one precious.

Every once in a while, go without a watch, stop looking at the minutes ticking by on the clock on the wall or glancing at your phone. Stop re-hashing all the things that have past-we cannot go back or change how things happened and we just create more pain and inner turmoil for our souls. Instead of holding onto futile attempts to slow down time, or rushing through our days, maybe we should begin measuring our days by creating a new hope within ourselves.Start living life by the moments not the minutes and maybe life won’t feel so scary, so rushed, so measured. Let’s create lives for ourselves that are no longer hopeless, but HOPEFUL. We only get one life. Let’s make each moment precious.

What precious moments have you had this year thus far?What do you Hope for? Leave your comments below.

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