Here’s the thing . . .

Time.  We never seem to have enough of it. It’s always getting in the way. We have passed it, try to keep it or even wished it away. Some days it seems to control everything we do. Time. We invented it and like Frankenstein’s monster, it is wrecking havoc!

The Egyptians were the first to start dividing the day into segments. They were not the only ones.  The ancient Greeks, the Chinese, Tibet, Japan, England and many others all had a hand in creating the concept we call Time. The first devices to follow it were created as early as 2000 BC. And we still can’t seem to get it right!

We have fine-tuned the concept even more and we now divide the day into ridiculously small components. Milliseconds, seconds, minutes, hours, . . .  and almost everyone seems to be attached to a device that follows those seconds and even vocally informs us of how much we have left. People are obsessed with it. When I went looking into this idea for my post, I found almost 10,000 quotes related to time. Some were funny, some could inspire you, some are even considered wise old saying. The Internet is a wonderful place to fine lists of things . . .

“Time waits for no one.” Folklore

“Lost time is never found again.” Benjamin Franklin

“Time brings all things to pass.” Aeschylus

“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.”  Bruce Lee

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” Charles Darwin

Definitely a popular topic. And so it should be!  86,400 seconds. That’s it. One day. 86,400 seconds. Some of that is spent sleeping, eating, the other thing we do because we eat, that we don’t talk about. But how much of that time do we spent in contemplation? How much of that time do we spend acknowledging the miracle that is life? I know, I know, most people don’t want to think about it. But our time here is finite. Nobody gets out alive. We need to be aware, to notice the beauty, be inspired by that which is all around us. We use Time to control our lives but it also helps us to focus on what that life actually is. Once the time is gone, it is past and cannot be relived. As long as we can remember our past, it will never die and that moment in time can be preserved. But perhaps we should notice first and preserve second. Time can be your friend but never forget it’s only a label.

24 thoughts on “Here’s the thing . . .

  1. Dan Antion

    Great post to spark some time contemplating. My favorite time quote is by Andy Warhol – “ They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

    Have a great day, Pam. I hope it’s the start of a great week.

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  2. delphini510

    Love your post and so agree about time. If measuring time down to milliseconds make someone happy – so be it. Today I have done a lot of contemplating whilst sorting things manually. It has been very rewarding.
    Could it be that time is like a river, it just flows but we can’t build a dam. 😊

    Miriam

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  3. scifihammy

    Well said. 🙂 Particularly relevant to us today is your phrase – “Notice first and preserve second”. I think most youngsters are far too busy recording and publishing selfies to ever appreciate the moment in the first place!
    Well – gotta go as it’s Time for my afternoon cuppa! 😀

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    1. quiall Post author

      I loved your line: “Each second is unique.” So very true! Your time right now is forced on you but that will change with . . . time. Thanks for the reference to my blog. They really are companion pieces written 5 years apart on different sides of the world by different people. Great minds!

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  4. Murphy's Law

    Time marches on, whether we want it to or not. When I was young and so desperately wanted to be “grown up”, time moved painfully slow. Now that I’m old, it seems to be moving faster than the speed of light!

    Hopefully I’m appreciating life fully while I still have time left. Time will always exist, but we shouldn’t waste it.

    I like your sketch. Have an enjoyable Sunday. I hope you have plenty of time on your hands to spend doing something fun today!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. quiall Post author

      Ginger my friend I have to tell you something important: Women, like fine wine, get better with age. You are not old, you are well seasoned with a touch of piquant. And if anyone tells you differently (including you) give them my number! mwahaha

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