Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Birthday Thoughts on Time

Well is today my birthday, and another day for celebrating a big birthday - NOT one ending in zero, but big enough. Because any birthday past 40 is big enough to have an informed opinion ;) It isn't that long ago I remembered having over 100 people at my house to celebrate my 40th birthday. And that was nearly 2 decades ago. Though it seems like yesterday.

Time supposedly does a lot of things.... It flies; it doesn't stand still; it's a great healer; stands for no man; is money; is of the essence ....etc etc.

I have had a lot of time to think about Time. And whilst much of the above sayings and proverbs might be  true, it cannot be true in its entirety.

We cannot rely on time to fix things, heal us by itself, decide for us. Time does not do miracles. Nor does it have hands to do, feet to go, or a brain to think. To achieve anything, big or small, we have to play an active part in the process.

Take the saying - Time is a great healer....

Nothing happens in the healing process of its own accord. We must take the steps ourselves. We must use the time we have to actively reach the goal where healing can happen.

Time does not heal. It only facilitates.

When we do not use the time wisely, or make the right efforts to reach the goal of healing, we will not reap the benefits. When time has lapsed, it may be too late.

Sometimes, just reaching out to others at the right time is all that is needed. We will find that others are not so bad at reaching out to us half way too. It makes connection with others easier and more satisfactory. And we would have played our part in the process, which is vital to our own growth and maturity in wisdom.

Because time flies, we will look back inevitably, and wonder, what have we achieved? How have we used our time? We may have done a lot, or not enough. And maybe, we will be full of regrets. Too late, if we've  misused or wiled the time away. Or not actively sought what we should do with our time.

So often we forget that we are not in  control of what length of time we actually have on this earth.
That is a fact. Like it or not. We are only here for as long as we are allowed to be on the earth.

That is why we should make the most of our time, and not waste the most precious resource we have available to us.

It is never too late to start. 


  1. Thanks for this, Marilyn. I, too, have been thinking about time today; in my case wondering where it all went to! When I look back, great chunks of it seem to have gone, possibly triggered by the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this week. It doesn't seem that long since her Coronation and I remember it well....!

  2. Oh Anne...Time is something we cannot see, and so it escapes us so often. We try to catch it, but it slips away, and we forget it because of its invisible nature.

    And yes, the Diamond Jubilee is a reminder that sixty years is more than many have, yet the Queen is celebrating that length of time on the throne. Fortunate.

    You remember it well, and yes, it is a trigger to take stock of what we do with the time we have, and how we've used it. And maybe how to continue to use it, and not take it for granted.

    Nice to hear from you. x