101 – Time

Click the video above for 2 minutes of background waves while reading.

I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Looking down, I watch the water move across my feet. It’s there – then it’s gone. In time, the water returns, and then it’s gone again. This got me thinking about time.

The water of the sea has a schedule of predictable and announced tidal movements for any given day. As a snowbird, time is seldom an issue. Wake-up alarms aren’t necessary. Regular, required attendance items are off our calendar – well, at least minimalized.

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Time is steady – as is walking. Waves interrupt walking, but not time because time can’t be interrupted.

Time is a rate or a tempo – just like the rhythm of the sea with its waves washing ashore.

Time is the same for everyone – the same hours in a day, the same minutes in an hour – the same seconds in a minute – and we cannot save time for later use.

Time is the past, present, and future – but I walk now, write later, and publish who knows how much later.

Time has come, gone, and yet to come. Just like the water, yet I chronicle specific moments as now, but it has passed.

Time seemingly runs free – just like the waves and the wind. Just like my mind can be when it is free from obstructions. But nothing obstructs time because time is always moving at the same, steady pace.

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Time is constantly moving and won’t stop for anything. I think of time as continuously packing to move, then moving – but never stopping to unpack.

Time is continuous. Many not only try to manage it but wish they had more hours in a day. For what, falling further behind? As snowbirds, we try to free ourselves from the clock as much as possible, but nobody can completely free themselves of time.

Time – yet relative – slow at first – speeding up at times – even fast – then suddenly seeming lost.

Clocks and calendars indicate time. As a snowbird, I don’t worry about time – but note it as a sunrise, sunset, low tide, high tide, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bedtime.

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Time is something we race against as it moves toward the eleventh hour in our race to beat the clock – yet we often accept better later than never. Sure is good to be retired.

Time is a moment for an opportunity, yet the ship that has sailed is a lost opportunity in terms of time – but maybe – just maybe – another time.

Time is something that we look back at wondering about the choices we’ve made – the good and the bad. Oh, the power of reflections – but snowbirds embrace the reflections on the water.

Time is a moment, a beginning, and an end – each determined by the situation. Yet, various landmarks serve as time and distance markers for me when I walk.

Time is something we waste, keep, lose, give, fight, dread, look forward to, try to kill, bide, buy, be pressed for, and even ask for downtime. But these days, I try to embrace it by letting time do what time does. After all, as long as I am just in time, all is well.

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Time is like a flowing river. Time is money. Time is a teacher. Time is a gift – but time also marches on to its steady beat.

Time is a wasted resource. As we age, we recognize the importance of its scarcity.

Time is something one cannot escape it, so is time a trap?

Time is something that all of us try to understand. However, one thing is certain – there is a lot more to say about time. This means another walk featuring time because I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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111 thoughts on “101 – Time”

  1. I have become much more aware of time as I’ve aged…..I remember wanting more time when I was young but that was different because I felt like I had unlimited time so asking for more was no big deal. Now that I’m of a certain age and have less time ahead than behind me I STILL want more time because I wasted a lot of time in my youth and would like that time BACK. Time moves us forward but calls us back as well. I will just keep believing time is on MY side and live every moment aware of the gift that it is.


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    1. Pam,
      I definitely agree that the perspective of time changes with age. On the other hand, it marches on at the same rate it always has. Perspective sure makes a difference. I love you closing – Time moves us forward but calls us back as well. I will just keep believing time is on MY side and live every moment aware of the gift that it is. … Well stated and I wish I would have thought of those words.

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  2. Time’s relative to what we’re doing, Frank. I always find myself running out of it! But when I stop, and think about it, right now, it seems endless. I love those moments in time.
    Hope you had a good Christmas, Frank.

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      1. I don’t think I’ve ever partied too much, Frank… but there’s always the first time, I suppose (hehehe – did you see what I did there? 😁😊 )
        Ahem. Happy New Year to you.

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  3. Hello Frank, and it’s nearly time to wish you a happy New Year .. Thank you for mentioning my poem in your fascinating post about “Time”, which is always an intriguing subject for me to write about .. wishing you a happy and healthy 2022 .. Cheers ..

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  4. Jennie sent me over and I’ve enjoyed my visit here. Time is something I think about every minute of my day. I’ve always been conscious of the fact that we only have so much in one lifetime that is wise to make the best use of each moment. Even if it’s a resting moment. I’ll probably come visit again.

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    1. Marlene,
      Welcome to the confines of my friendly beach. It’s a relaxing place that is full of contemplation – and a friend of Jenne’s is a friend of mine. After all, the good people of the world must stick together. Yes – people need to be conscious of time – and the older we get, the more we seem to understand that aspect of time so it can be cherished. I invite you to read my first walk that tells the story of how this place came to be. https://beachwalkreflections.wordpress.com/2020/10/20/1-introducing/

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  5. Perfect post as we draw closer to year-end. Your subject brings to mind several quotes and here is one of my favorites – “The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.” – Stephen R. Covey.

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  6. Looking back on Time, I see Emit.
    I emit all of the feelings, joys, sadness, smarts, stupids, gains, losses and more….all that I have gathered in my Time.
    Is time a trap? I don’t think so… maybe if you allow it to be, it will be so.
    One thing I do know about time is that it is a thief!
    Also, I for one am happy that you have time for your beach walks and reflections.
    Cheers Frank! 🍷🍷

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  7. Time is really something worth considering as the new year approaches…or at any, well, time. As I see my parents aging so quickly, I wonder what we’ll make of the time we, my husband and I, have left. I always find it interesting how quickly time can fly by but at other times it seems to barely move. Quite an interesting, multi-faceted phenomenon.

    Happy New Year, Frank.

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    1. Janet,
      Love your comment because it includes thoughts to ponder. Time is unquestionably multi-faceted! So much so, I will post volume 2 sometime in January. Agree, dealing with aging parents does cause one to reflect about our time. My wife’s father is the only parent still alive at 92.

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  8. Ah, yes, Time!
    The further along on my time line I go, the faster it seems to me…as I age, the grade of that timeline increases exponentially and each day can speed by…yet when I am doing my (paid) work, sometimes the time drags…unless I have a deadline and then it goes through my hands and feet like a speeding bullet!

    All those pics of the time keeping devices reminded me of when I was still at home with my parents…my father was a clockmaker/watchmaker…he called his business ‘Timerite Jewellers’. We had oodles of clocks in our home, and now I have several of them, they tick-tock and chime/cuckoo the seconds and hours to remind me to not waste them too much…and I have a sundial outside, it reads: Grow old with me; The best is yet to be!
    Ah, yes, time…Father Time will relinquish his work to the Newer Baby Time in yet a few short moments of TIME!

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    1. Ingrid,
      Thanks so much for sharing a bit of your family history and the significance of clocks in your home. With a father as a clockmaker/watchmaker. I wonder if that is a dying art/craft? Time in life is interesting. As steady as it is, deadlines seem to push it – anticipation seems to slow it down. I guess that’s the perceptive power of our brain.


  9. I read recently the there are actually scientific reasons why time seems to pass more quickly as we reach our “senior” years Frank. Of course another thing that changes is memory so I can’t really remember the explanation I saw LOL. I for one am happy it’s time to change the calendar year. 2021 has not been my favorite. Wishing you all the best in the New Year – but take your time getting to it because it will be racing by soon enough!

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    1. Tina,
      Can’t help but laugh at the memory issue. Something we all go through! … unfortunately some at a drastic level. Nonetheless, time is what it is. Regarding 2021, yep … put a fork in it – it’s done! (well, almost) …. But, overall, 2021 was an improvement over 2020, which set a low bar. Best wishes to you and yours for 2022!!!


  10. Thoughtful, penetrating, and soothing. Time does start slowly, or at least it feels that way when we’re young, then it seems to pick up the pace as we age. Our perspective is quite different, even though time is a constant. Thank you for making me ponder and smile, Frank.

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    1. Jennie,
      Stimulating thought while being soothing is my aim with every walk – so thanks for verifying it for me. 🙂 Time is so steady, but how we perceive it under different circumstances is so interesting, Then add on the multi-faceted nature of time. Oh boy – that’s why i will have volume 2 in the first half of January.

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  11. Time is poetry, as is this post. My favourite: “Time is constantly moving and won’t stop for anything. I think of time as continuously packing to move, then moving – but never stopping to unpack.”

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  12. Time is a funny thing. We know it is linear but its speed seems to vary, depending on what we are going through. A thought-provoking post, Frank.
    Should we not exchange before then, Happy New Year, Frank! May 2022 bring good health, love and happiness… the rest is gravy!

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    1. Patricia,
      LOL … now that’s a good one. Every now and then, a post comes along that sparks so many insightful comments, that I use the comments for another beach walk essay – yes, one dedicated to the readers because it’s their words – not mine. (I only edit and give them a voice). This walk is the first of two walks about Time, so I figured the two of time would give me enough good comments that Time v3 is possible. Well … that’s a long introduction to say yours is perfect. Thank you …. a touch at the lighter side is good. Cheers to your 2022!

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    1. Ritva,
      Thanks for the wonderful comment, which I’ve also tagged to work into a future Time v3 beach walk based on reader comments. Oh – yes – that also means Time v2 will also happen, which should be in the first half of January. 🙂 2021 has been a pleasure working with you through your images and also discovering your art. However, and most importantly, thank you for your kindness.

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  13. Time has certainly Sped ever faster this Year dear Frank… Loved reading your perspective… I stopped wearing a watch the day I retired some seven years ago now Frank, and I cherish more of my Time now than Ever before… Trying not to waste too much of it, but I confess… I day Dream many an hour away… Such is the Life of a Dreamwalker LOL..

    Happy New Earth Year for 2022 Frank… Have a Blessed Peaceful, and Hamonious One ❤

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    1. Sue,
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts – especially because I laughed that you stopped wearing a watch upon retirement. But I also know many people use their phone as a substitute. 😉 It’s crazy to think that time is steady yet perceived as rushed or slow – plus definitely not to be taken for granted or wasted. Happy New Year to you and yours!


  14. I need more time in happy mode. Less time in covid anxiety. Some days I enjoy time, other days I am killing time. Time certainly got away from me. Just a few years ago I was 20 years old and now I am decades older. Ha Good post Frank – a very good subject to ponder.

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  15. The subject of time is fascinating, Frank and who could deal with it in just one post? 2021 sure flew by on one hand and dragged on the other hand from my perspective. I’m a very time-oriented person–I always know what time it is without having to look at a clock, but having lived where the sun shines longer in the summer and shorter in the winter, I do have to sneak a peak at the fitbit. Happy New Year and blessings for an eventful but peaceful 2022!

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    1. Terri,
      Love your description of a time-oriented person because that is something I haven’t considered in this walk or the next one about time. Then again, it will appear in Time v3 that will be based on reader comments! Thanks for sharing what will be your contribution. to a future walk. 🙂 Wishing you and yours a positive 2022!

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  16. Thank you for a beautiful beach walk, Frank. I think that time has taken on very different dimensions for me during that past two years. I have spent, like all of us really, so much time separated from others and even some of my past pursuits and “happy places,” and it is tempting to lament lost time. But equally important, my relationship with time is currently teaching me!


    1. Debra,
      No question that the COVID years have given us a different perspective of time – let alone when faced with other aspects of life during this crazy time. You words capture that so well. Thanks. I’ve been thinking about you, therefore on the verge of an email – so your comment delivered an immediate smile.


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