Summer’s going fast
Nights growing colder
Children growing up
Old friends growing older
Freeze this moment
A little bit longer
Make each sensation
A little bit stronger
“Time Stand Still”, Rush
ALEX ZIVOJINOVICH, GARY LEE WEINRIB, NEIL ELWOOD PEART
Lyrics © OLE MEDIA MANAGEMENT
One of my favorite bloggers recently wrote about the unrelenting forward movement of time. He had run into an old acquaintance, who told him about her now fully grown children. This froze him in his tracks, as he remembered them as little tykes; how did they turn into adults so suddenly?
Well, we all know how, don’t we?
There’s that pesky thing known as time, which just keeps right on going, totally impervious to circumstance or human endeavor. In a world of constant change and chaos, there is one thing you can depend on: that clock is just gonna keep ticking, one precious second at a time, unstoppable, irreversible, unmerciful.
We’d all like to have some of it back, wouldn’t we? We can all add up the time we’ve wasted, and like to think, if we could get that time back, we would spend it more productively. We would be with our families more, we would be better friends, we would do more to help others in need, we would take in more of the beautiful nature that surrounds us.
But, as you and I both know, we ain’t ever getting it back. It’s gone. Forever.
The good news is, we haven’t run out of it, yet.
We still have time to do those things, the things that add meaning to our lives, and the lives of others. We still have the chance to tell people in our family we love them. We can still reconnect with friends we haven’t spoken to in a while, and be shocked by how old their kids are now.
Now, I know, there are many things in our lives that keep us busy, so we feel we hardly have any time even for ourselves. We all have different circumstances that put huge constraints on our available time; I get it.
But, I also know what a shame it would be to lose contact with people to whom we’re connected by blood (family) or shared experience (friends).
Because, unfortunately, that clock will run out on all of us, and any chance we may have had to use our time wisely is over. Just like that.
There are people in your life who mean something to you. When did you last get in touch with them?