When we waste our time, we waste our lives; when we master our time, we master our lives. We’ve all heard this or some variant of it. We sometimes even wonder where our time went.
Time seems to pass very quickly if we’re mindlessly surfing the Web or performing pleasant, constructive tasks. Time feels like it’s sluggish while sitting in a waiting room for an appointment, or doing an unpleasant chore. So, if we want time to pass more slowly, should we fill our lives with unpleasant things? Most of us would answer, “no”.
The clock talked loud. I threw it away, it scared me what it talked.–1930’s writer, Tillie Olsen
Regardless of our perception of time’s speed or sluggishness, it does pass. The moments that I spent writing the previous paragraphs and the moments that you spent reading them are gone and can never be recovered. I’m aware of this fact, so I’m very thankful both for having the time to write and that you chose to read this blog post. I do my best to create something that is worth the time we spend.
“I want to go ahead of Father Time with a scythe of my own.”–H. G. Wells
Time comes to mind this weekend because in most of the United States, Daylight Savings Time began this morning at 2:00. We have become accustomed to the drill–Spring forward, Fall backwards. Our timepieces reveal that we have “lost” an hour which we will “regain” this autumn.
Isn’t it interesting that the very concept of Daylight Savings Time reveals the abstract nature of time? Philosophers and physicists ponder and study time and its passage because time is such a fascinating concept. Time is a concept that nothing can escape. Everything that has existed, exists now, and will exist in the future is subject to time. Even grammar is subject to time–as is evident in how I conjugated the verb, exist. (I love to study verb conjugation as it occurs in other languages.)
If you live where Daylight Savings Time is observed, have you adjusted your timekeeping devices? If they automatically change to Daylight Savings Time and Standard Time, have you verified that they have done so?
I have another quotation to share with you before today’s farewell:
“We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have–for their usefulness.”–Thomas Merton