104 – Time v2

Time is a large enough topic that when I initially wrote, I discovered that the topic deserved at least two walks. Here’s the first one.

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

An earlier walk featured time, but time is so complex and demanding, it requires multiple walks. After all, everything has time.

Time is a measurement broken down into seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, decades, centuries, millennia, and more. Time can also be an instant, moment, shake, jiffy, season, age, epoch, era, and eon. Yet somehow, Jim Croce stuffed all that into a bottle.

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Time is indicated by a calendar, watch, clock, sundial, stopwatch, hourglass, timepiece, tick-tock, Big Ben, pendulum, chronometer, bell, whistle, alarm, and time zones; plus standard and daylight savings time, universal time, and analog and digital devices. 

Time can be infinite or finite, appointed, fixed, or a moment for something to happen.  Time also measures actions, processes, and existing conditions. 

Time is a label of different moments, but time only travels in one direction – forward, which is a one-way street.

Philosophers seek to understand time – but to physicists, time is not absolute – it’s flexible, relative, and connected to space. With time as the past, present, and future, is the present a brief illusion that quickly becomes the recognizable past?

Lagoon Nebula by Hubble Telescope – Credit to NASA, ESA, and STScI

Stephen Hawking explained how he unwound time to the beginning of time, something that most of us have a difficult time understanding. But did time exist before the Big Bang? My brain is starting to hurt – but in time, that will get better.

Time – the fourth dimension – the dimension that includes the concept of alternative/parallel universes – a thought that is difficult to comprehend, but many quantum physicists would be willing to explain it to those who want to know. 

Time allows each of us to gradually grow – most of the time in ways we hardly notice. Changes from the first day in high school to graduation day – yet time seems seamless. Humans can see the past while in the present and think about the future. Therefore, our sense of time changes who we are, plus our when and where.

Time, when we were young, is different than when we are older. The young lack the perception of time, so an hour seems like an eternity because the young are waiting and anticipating something. As we accept responsibility, time serves as deadlines, so time seems rushed. But time, for all ages clicks at the same rate because time is an eternal constant.

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Time is powerful as it changes personalities, perspectives, and values. Time involves shifts and perceptions – a time for being as opposed to being on time.

Time says that we can’t make new old friends because old friends go way back in time – however, time allows us to discover new friends – but we cannot have new old friends. Time is also a moment when staring at a friend with a tear in your eye.

Everything has time, but we need time to think, sleep, eat, work, exercise, and be alone. 

Time – that label we place on different moments – yet, we stare into the night to see the light from stars that are actually from the past, not the present. Hmmm …. seeing the past while in our present is an interesting thought.

Time doesn’t wait because it passes like a bus that doesn’t stop. Time moves on, but people can call a timeout to stop one aspect of time while real-time continues.

Time is also much more. Time is a work requirement measuring a series of repeated actions – also when something is in use. Time includes a person’s time on task, even a prison sentence or military service.

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Time can be good, bad, hard, high, on, or off. There’s no time, before my time, present time, past time, the right time, and a matter of time – let alone anytime, sometimes, every time, meantime, mealtime, noontime, dinnertime, suppertime, wartime, peacetime, daytime, teatime, naptime, nighttime, and more. Does anyone know what time it is?

We had a devil of a time making up for the last time we got done in the nick of time – but that won’t happen next time because we will do it ahead of time. However, let us not forget that time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.

I look across the sea to the horizon – that fine line where the sky meets the water. The horizon is like the fine line between today and tomorrow – between the past and the future. Maybe it’s time to end these thoughts about time – so next time will be a different topic – but only time will tell for sure if that is true.

Now that’s timely because I like walking on the beach. After all, it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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88 thoughts on “104 – Time v2”

    1. Brian,
      As a nonphotographer, Pexels is a good resource for me. You mentioned the time flies quote. I was attending a workshop, and the leader wore a T-shirt with the saying. It cracked me up and I’ve never seen it anywhere ever since. Fortunately, I remember it – and that was over 30 years ago. Thanks for your time post. If you didn’t do it, I would have never found it.

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    1. Merril,
      As you well know, time is a vast subject that also encourages people like yourself. Thank you for your creations! Thanks for sharing your wedding song. The two of you have live up to its message of “I’ve looked around enough to know That you’re the one I want to go through time with.”

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  1. OK my mind is suitably blown, in a timely fashion. Love this post. In particular the line… “- a time for being as opposed to being on time.” There are so many things in this universe we simply do not have the capacity to understand. Time is a big one. I do like a mystery and some mysteries should never be completely solved.

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  2. If I think about time as hard as you did Frank – it boggles my mind. The baby in the picture seems deep in thought and it seems hard for him to bear. (ha). Time is always with us and I admit time goes by far too fast.

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    1. Peggy,
      The beach walks have taught me that if we think about something long enough, our brains can take us deeper than we imagine. Glad you enjoyed the baby pic. The idea for it came from the paragraph in front of it – even though the paragraph is more about an older child – but I couldn’t resist this one. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. A very “timely” post Frank as we begin yet another year. Enjoyable as always. I read recently that there are scientific reasons why as we age time seems to go faster. I think it had to do with the amount of time behind vs ahead but I promptly forgot what it really said LOL. BTW you didn’t not the photographer on that incredible sky image??? Public domain?

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  4. I can clearly remember a time when it seemed time would go on forever……..and now I feel I need to pay attention to how I spend my time as I realize I have most likely less time ahead of me than I have behind me (unless I break a world record!). Time SEEMS to move more quickly these days but I wonder how much of that is just losing track of time……I wake up and it seems moments later I’m making dinner, closing the drapes for the day, and brushing my teeth before bed. Where did it go? Someone asked me today at the grocery store, “do you have the time?” – and I told her as I was wearing my watch…..then when she thanked me and walked away I realized the answer in my head had been “I sure HOPE so”.

    Hugs, Pam

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    1. Pam,
      Time is definitely a different commodity during retirement life than in working life. I’ve heard many people wondering how they ever had time to work! I smile thinking, at least they are staying busy. I also think of the commenter who stated they stopped wearing a watch once they retired. That’s a good thought too …. Thanks for sharing and keep smiling!


  5. Thank you, Frank for sharing Sonnet 73. Time is a certainty in our lives, but in that certainty we only experience impermanence. Over the years we have many beginnings and endings, but what is amazing to me is how impermanence gives meaning to our lives, allows us to move with fluidity within that ever forward moving timeframe, and prepares us for what comes next.

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  6. After all, everything has time – this is simple fact yet so amusingly true! Time is indeed a very expansive topic, you did amazing at compiling various aspects of it, sometimes we take a lot for granted. I also enjoyed imagining how time feels like to a baby compared to an adult.

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  7. For Beck, time was a piece of wax, falling on a termite. Which I find slightly easier to understand than Hawking’s explanation. But still impossible.

    I’ve heard more than one person say to me that “time isn’t real”, and that’s it’s a collective perception we get tricked into believing. I don’t want to dive too deeply as it’s time for me to unwind . . and not like Hawking explained it either. . .

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      1. The time I am taking to reply to your comment is already the past. Every single thing I write, it exists in the rear view. The present is too impatient to stick around and your reply to this comment is simply a rumor at this point.

        Is it too early to drink?

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        1. Oh … such as this paragraph from beach walk 98 – Future …. “The past, present, and future are contemplative facets of time. As I walk, I’m thinking in the present while writing in the future. Because I’m writing in the present and thinking about the past, I’ll publish this in the future. However, after you read this, it will be your past, so I hope your future includes a comment that will quickly become the past so I can respond in the future. In summary, the future is not the past, but it may be if the future becomes the present.”

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  8. The older I get the more I reflect on past times. It feels like I’ve lived several lives if I go back in my mind to my youth, or my 20s and 30s. But there were a lot of good times to reflect on, and hopefully many more great times ahead. Great post Frank, and that is a cool video!

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  9. Time sure is a fun topic and Love your play on words and ideas –
    especially this (thanks for word the fun, Frank)
    “We had a devil of a time making up for the last time we got done in the nick of time – but that won’t happen next time because we will do it ahead of time. However, let us not forget that time flies like an arrow, but fruit likes like a banana.”

    and side note – think the there is a typo in the last line – should it be fruit flies?

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  10. To a ten-year old a decade is a lifetime. To a seventy-year old a decade is a flash in the pan… It always awes me how time changes our perspectives. I loved this: “We had a devil of a time making up for the last time we got done in the nick of time – but that won’t happen next time because we will do it ahead of time.” Very clever, Frank!

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    1. Barbara,
      Oh my … you are one of two readers who commented about my nonsensical attempt of stringing idioms into meaningless sense. I often do that, but seldom receive comments … so thank you! Interesting, your thought of how time changes over perspective, I then thought how we change our perspective over time. Hmmm … a conundrum. Thanks!

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  11. You make me think Frank and pull out old notions I had when I was much younger.
    It’s amazing what you can say about time: geological time, for example. The chronological order can be established to a certain extent by the study of ground layers and fossils.
    There is historical time….
    and again the measurement of time with the movement of the stars, the tides, the pendulum, the chronometer…
    And when there’s no more time? Eternity. Our destiny.
    In friendship

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  12. I suppose dogs are like infants in that they have no sense of Time, right? I mean, I can tell Monkey I’ll be “right back,” and he has no idea whether that means in 30 seconds or 2 hours. There must be something rather freeing about living like that, don’t you think, Frank?!!

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  13. I think giving due attention to time, second time around, is a good way to start the new year, Frank. It is definitely true that the older I get my focus on time shifts towards more practical considerations, but I do find it fascinating when I consider the infinite aspect of time. I can consider for awhile, and then my head hurts! 🙂

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