152 – Time v3

Readers provided wonderful perspectives about time in two earlier walks. I dedicate this walk to my readers because these are your words – not mine. I compiled the thoughts and attempted to provide a common voice. Well, I did embed a few of my thoughts.

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I like to walk on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Time is a multifaceted phenomenon. Time is interesting – make that fascinating. Time is poetry. Time is constant. Time is profound. Time is geologic, historical, and personal. Time is sequential and a moment for action. Time is both Chronos and kairos.

Everything has time. Time is certain. Time is one of the common elements of the world’s population. Time treats us all the same. Time is ever-moving and respects no boundaries other than its own. All of us are bound to time, but time is bound to us.

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Time is steady – maybe the most stable thing in life – but time appears to either zoom by, slow down, crawl, or even pause. Then again, maybe that is the power of our brain.

Time is a guide – a means of comfort and control. Time is a gift – perhaps our greatest gift.

Time moves us forward but calls us back. I will just keep believing time is on my side and live every moment aware that time is a gift – perhaps even as a gift to give and receive.

Time is precious – so let’s live it but not over plan it. Let’s try not to waste too much of it, but I confess, I daydream many an hour away.

Time is perception. Time seems to have sped faster this year – but I know time is steady. To a ten-year-old, a decade is a lifetime. To a seventy-year-old, a decade is a flash in the pan – but in reality, 10 years is 10 years.

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Time certainly got away from me. Just a few years ago I was 20 years old and now I am decades older. I would like to go back to the time when I lacked perception of it – but the older we get, the more we can’t ignore time. Tempus fugit (time flying by) is right! And the older you get, the more it fugits.

Time changes perspectives because I don’t see time the same today as I did during my younger years. I clearly remember a time when time seemed to go on forever. Now I feel the need to pay attention to how I spend my time as I realize I have less time ahead of me than I have behind me. However, I wonder. How much of that is just losing track of time?

Time is relative to what we’re doing. We can find ourselves running out of time – but when I stop and think about it, right now, time seems endless. Some days I enjoy time, and some moments seem timeless. On other days, I am killing time – but is that a waste of time?

Time is a perspective. Time has taken on a very different dimension for me during the COVID years. We have spent so much time separated from others, plus some of my past pursuits and happy places. I’m tempted to lament lost time, but time has taught me it is a teacher.

Time is inspirational. No wonder it drives writers, lyricists, poets, painters, and other artists. While Whitney gave us one moment of time, Chicago asked does anybody really know what time it is? The Stones answered by saying time is on my side, but Jim told us that time is in a bottle while Cyndi philosophically stated time after time.

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The times are a-changin’, so it’s a bad time because time has come today, but time is running out because I have too much time on my hands. Besides, it’s the time for the season.

Time stands still for me at the beach – but I know time marches on to its steady drummer. All those grains of sand moving through the hourglass of time – both for me and the beach. Yet, I enjoy my time on the beach while feeling the grit on my soles and between my toes. Feeling the moving sands caused by the retreating water. Moving sands that may not symbolize the sands of the hourglass of time. Yes, I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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Next Post: Time v4 – hopefully this weekend @ 1 AM (Eastern US)

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64 thoughts on “152 – Time v3”

  1. I remember when time moved so incredibly slowly (when I was young) and now that I’m old I wish it would slow down. I am grateful for the time I’ve been given and treasure each day that I’m here so much more than I thought I ever would. Time is a measurement of life (and many things) and while I’m retired and don’t have to be as aware of time as I did when I was so busy and working, etc., the fact I’m on the far side of life makes me THINK of time more. I would like to think I haven’t wasted the TIME I was given in this life – for in the end, time is a GIFT.

    Hugs, Pam

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    1. Pam,
      Great points about time related to life. Time is a constant – yet slow for kids and fast for adults. All because kids live in anticipation while adults have a life of deadlines. No doubt – time as a gift is a great way to summarize its role in life. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Dan,
      Glad you enjoyed this additional look at time. Initially, I had a different video to close this walk, but I’m glad I changed my mind! As for the words, all credit goes to the readers who provided these comments because these are their words, not mine … well, for the most part.

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  2. As I have gotten older, more than ever I realize while I cannot slow down time, I establish the one control I possess over it. The ability to get what I want from my time as much as possible. That may mean being very busy, or it may mean quietly watching a tree lose its leaves, but in all cases I try to master time by exerting control over what I choose to do with my time.

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    1. Laurie,
      I’m right with you that one. I know I wrote it in one of the time posts, but I think time moves slowly because they live so much in anticipation – so it seems to take forever. But as adults, we face many deadlines – so we never have enough time! Thanks for walking along.

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    1. Jo,

      How each of us use time is interesting in itself. So is how some of are morning people who can get going quickly while others need at least 90 minutes to ease into their day. Now I would never suggest that you could use time to eat more cake. What ever gave you that impression? 😉

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  3. This post reminded me of Psalm 90….here is some of the versification that I was thinking of.

    A thousand ages in They sight are like an evening gone;
    Short as the watch that ends the night before the rising sun.
    Time like an ever flowing stream, bears all its sons away;
    They fly forgotten as a dream, dies at the opening day.

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    1. Ray,
      There are so many things to say about time …. and ding ding ding … you hit another one. “Time is no be used, not saved.” … an excellent thought … and also the perspective about time during the lockdown. No question that people saw time differently! Thanks for sharing.

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            1. Believe me, pickleball has become very popular. Many communities incorporating PB lines on tennis courts – but others have even converted some tennis facilities into pickleball. The game is very popular with retirees – therefore a gold mine for orthropedics.

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  4. Fugit about it? We can’t! The stuff is everywhere.

    My friend Linds B doesn’t believe time is real and who am I to argue with a young poet? Philosophy gives me a headache sometimes. But that’s another story for, you guessed it, another time.

    I love how you incorporated some of the songs that deal with time. They were the ones that came to mind as I was reading this.

    You ever notice how retailers are always warning us that “time is running out!”? And how certain religious kooks seem to revel in the idea that we’re nearing the “end of times”? Which is probably why I love me some bourbon, since the makers insist that I take my sweet time with their product. I love that!

    Welp, let’s hope Judge isn’t running out of time, huh?

    I think this post was . . . right on time. 😉

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    1. Marc,
      Great point about advertisers using time. After all, we live in a world of now! Hmmm … I’ll have to add “Now” to the possible topics list.

      No question – philosoph can make one’s head hurt. I know a family of philosophers, so I will have to ask them the question of the reality of time. Bourbon would be good for bystanders during that discussion. Meanwhile, here’s a song to share with Linds B. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr-5xkCOego

      Judge gets #61 – and if my digits are right, he has 6 games to get at least one more. Let’s hope so.

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      1. Glad to perhaps be of some help on the topics list.
        Bourbon is good just about any time. Even though, I have reigned in my usage. It is still my favorite elixir this side of a well done vodka martini, but like the martini, temperance does wonders.

        Linds B will appreciate it! 😉

        7 games I believe. Three against Baltimore at home, a team he has owned. And then four in Texas. I had him at 63-64 and I’m sticking to it.

        Did you notice all the numbers involved in this game and record breaking chase? 61 years after Maris set the record, Judge ties and (hopefully) breaks it. Judge is number 99 and Maris was 9. You gotta wonder . . .

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        1. I didn’t make the jersey number connection. So cool. Years ago I was in Fargo for a presentation. I had time to kill, so decided to visit the Roger Maris Museum. Interesting, it is a collection of memorabilia within a series of glass cases located in a portion of a mall. A freebie.

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  5. Frank, you’re blessed to be surrounded by so many clever, helpful readers! “Time” is a great subject, with all sorts of possibilities to explore. You’ve gathered a great many of its aspects here — so many, in fact, that I’m hard-pressed to discover anything you’ve omitted. Well done!!

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    1. Debbie,
      Thank you for leading with what this post was meant to be – a tribute to the readers. It couldn’t have been done without them. Initially, I wrote two time walks. The comments in them lead to two more walks. (I just posted v4.) Meanwhile, time is many things and worth pondering! 🙂

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  6. Time is relative and is given the importance we decree, depending on what we are experiencing. It can feel loooooong but when we look back, we realise it was just a blip. (tryin’ to catch up since my time feels like it’s not my own; and when it is, I have zero energy to use it !)

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  7. You’ve written so thoughtfully, Frank. I think about time a lot, maybe because the sands of my hourglass are getting thin. 🙂

    Between the universal impact of Covid and the health crises that came into my family during the first few months of 2020, my relationship with time dramatically shifted. I really appreciate your reminders that time itself hasn’t changed at all. It’s my perception. Like so many people are reporting, I made the observation that we really didn’t have to live our lives packed with activity, and we were very happy and content just being quiet at home. Consequently, time did slow down, and somehow that was calming.

    My favorite line in your wonderful post is “Time moves us forward but calls us back.” I do sense that. There is much here to ponder!

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    1. Debra,
      Thanks for the kind thoughts about this walk. Please keep in mind that this entire essay (as well as the next post – v4) are based on reader comments. So I prefer the credit goes to the readers. After all, maybe your thoughts made it here. 🙂 Nonetheless, the Covid shutdown was an interesting aspect about time. Once people settled in, I hope they learned something about time and its role in life. Thanks for sharing!

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