153 – Time v4

I dedicate this walk to my readers because these are your words – not mine. Your words from the first two beach walks about time. I simply compiled the thoughts and attempted to provide a common voice while embedding a few of my thoughts along the way.

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

Time is a span. Time is an instant – a moment – this moment. Time can seem to stand still because time can be a spell.

Time is a river that is constantly moving that won’t stop. Life allows each of us only so much of that river. Hopefully, we will use it wisely.

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Time is limited for each of us – it is impermanence – but our limited time gives us meaning. Life is our time to move with fluidity within that forward-moving framework called time.

Time is an hourglass. The sand I see is the great hourglass of time. As for my hourglass, I can only see the sand at the bottom. At my age, I know there is more at the bottom, but I do not know how much is at the top.

Time is a mystery – but seemingly one of the things in the universe we can understand. I do like mysteries, but some mysteries should never be completely solved. Is a complete understanding of time solvable?

Time is a funny thing. We know it is constant, but its speed varies with what we are doing and going through. Each year flies by on one hand while moments drag on the other hand. But I wonder: If time laughs at us, who laughs at the time?

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Time is an orientation for some of us. I have a sense of time because I always know the time without looking at a clock. So I stopped wearing a watch the day I retired, and I cherish my time more than ever.

Time is a perspective that differs with age. But I wonder: when does a person develop a sense of time? Do our pets have a sense of time?

Time is seeing my parents aging so quickly and wondering what we will make of the time we have left.

Time is about beginnings because new beginnings set the tone. Our life over the years offers many beginnings by invigorating and infusing new opportunities. However, time can also have endings because it has a way of eliminating, stripping, and taking away something close.

Time is a reflection. Looking back on time, I see Emmitt because I emit all of the feelings, joys, sadness, smarts, stupidity, gains, losses, and all that I have gathered in my time.

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Time is fascinating, especially when considering its infinite aspect. But thinking about time and infinity makes my head hurt – so I need more happy-time.

Time is philosophical. I’ve heard more than one person say “time isn’t real”, and that it’s a collective perception that tricks us into believing. After all, now is a flash that quickly moves into the past.

I wonder: Is time a trap? I don’t think so. Maybe if one allows it to be a trap, it will be so. One thing I do know about time is that it is a thief. Time takes away opportunities. Time takes friends out of our lives.

Maybe our time is like a bubble – limited from when it forms to when it bursts. Maybe time is like a waltz – an ever-moving flow with beautiful moments along the way. But like our lives, the dance has a definite beginning and an end. For others, the music continues – but for how long?

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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. You read this in your present that will become 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.

Yes, time is many things, including special moments as I traverse the long strands of this beach. I thank time for this opportunity because I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Past Beach Walks about Time

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60 thoughts on “153 – Time v4”

  1. It’s an exhausting subject, Frank, and you’ve covered it exhaustively. I’m not sure if I’m trapped in a bubble or free falling, but time will tell! I hope your week passes at just the right speed for you.

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  2. I always make sure I have plenty of time to read through your posts, I enjoy them a lot.

    Here and in my ‘growing up house’ clocks and time were a big thing, as my father was a clockmaker/watchmaker, so there were always clocks to wind up/pull up and tend to. I loved the ticking and the chimes and the cuckoo, I have that one here, now, plus a few others too keep me company with their ticking away the time…

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  3. But is there any present? As soon as we acknowledge a moment, it’s already past.
    Enjoy this comment in the future, Frank.🙂

    I’ve probably mentioned this, but “Time in a Bottle” was our wedding dance song. It’s sad he really did not have much time.

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    1. Merrill,
      Oh wow …. glad I picked your wedding song for this walk … and it was a last-minute decision! Jim Croce’s life was too short – but he left us some wonderful music to remember him.

      Is there any present? To me, the present is a mere flash … it’s an acknowledged moment that quickly becomes the past. It’s a bit odd to think of it that way – but once that’s in my head, I can only see it that way, it’s difficult to see it any other way.

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  4. Enjoyed your meandering thoughts very much as usual when I visit! Time. We made it up, didn’t we…When I was a child I stopped wearing a watch during the vacations. Like you say – it makes you free. All my dogs knew about time. If food wasn’t served at 4 sharp, they would come and eye me …accompanied with a bark or two. And they all knew when I was arriving home after work – they waited at the door.

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    1. Ann-Christine,

      Thanks for the kind words and sharing your thoughts. Keep in mind that the loudest cheers go to my readers who provided so many insightful comment that led to this walk. As I say, there are their words, not mine.

      Although we didn’t make up time, we did develop a way to track it … calendars, clocks, etc. Even without devices, time will march on. Your examples of your dogs is good. As are countless other behaviors in nature. After all, birds don’t use a watch or calendar to determine when to start their migration!

      Hope you had a good birthday!


  5. I am reminded, of course, of T.S. Elliot: ”
    Time present and time past
    Are both perhaps present in time future,
    And time future contained in time past.
    If all time is eternally present
    All time is unredeemable.” from Burnt Norton in the Four Quartets

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    1. Laura,
      Thanks for recognizing that these words are based on comments from readers over the first two walks about time. Transforming them into a common voice is enjoyable and challenging. Also, thanks for letting me know your favorite paragraph. I had to look at them, but I remember, it was one of my additions. 🙂

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  6. What an Uber-clever idea to use the readers’ comments Frank – LOVED this idea!! And some of the comments were really great. I must admit though thatI’m among the few who really didn’t love Jim Croce but I’ll just skip that piece 😊

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    1. Tina,
      Thanks for recognizing the readers as the source of the words and inspiration. I’ve done it more before, but not sure how many times. When I started this blog, the first 15-20 or so posts focused on beach stuff – sun, moon, sand, waves, wind, etc. Because of the wide range of topics, I used reader comments for two walks about the beach (probably beach v1 & v2). Meanwhile, it’s ok not to like Jim Croce – but Time in a Bottle fit well with this walk.


  7. Wow, we’re all really smart, aren’t we? 🙂 I especially enjoyed “we all need more happy time.” So true but much of that lies within us, not dependent on outside influences. Hope you’re enjoying the weekend, Frank.

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    1. Janet,
      Reader comments are absolutely brilliant – so much so to spark two additional walks. I also like the “happy time” comment. Life and society seem more tense than ever – and “happy time” seems to take us away from that stress. Then again, it is also important avoid “getting sucked into” the life of misery that some regularly proclaim.

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  8. Your time posts have been interesting, Frank.
    I especially like the part where you took your watch off after retiring. You gained more of a sense of time, is what I got from that.
    I developed a wicked sense of time. I could never wear a watch. There’s something in my chemistry that causes them to stop working.
    Of course now we have phones to tell time, but I’m already ahead of that time telling!
    Have a great week!

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    1. Resa,
      The concept of watches and clocks is a topic all to its own. Interestingly, I believe fewer people wear watches today because of phones being glued to us. Meanwhile, removing the watch after retiring wasn’t me because this walk is from reader comments on the first two walks about time. (The previous walk is also reader comments.) That comment may be the only one that I can quickly remember who made the comment! Have a wonderful week.

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  9. The older I get the more I try to focus on enjoying whatever time I have. I think having a 90-year old mother makes it easier for me to imagine a long life yet, but I’m keenly aware that none of us knows when it’s our last day. I do try to be grateful for each one! Thank you for the Jim Croce…perfect! And an example of what we are talking about. Gone too soon.

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    1. Debra,
      Thank you for sharing your perspective about time. I know I’m much closer to the end of my life than the beginning, yet my end of life as we know it is unknown. Your mother at 90 … my wife’s father at 93 …. and her aunt at 96 …. simply wow! Glad you enjoyed a bit of Jim Croce.

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      1. I can get sober very quickly if I overthink my age, Frank. We’re expecting a new grand baby in December and my other grandchildren are so much older and we’ve had a major role in their lives. This new little one makes me focus on taking care of myself, I suppose. No guarantees–but try to work the odds. LOL!

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  10. I like so many shows and movies that deal with time travel. I would love to go back in time, not to recapture youth (although that would be a bonus), but rather to experience historical events in the context of the moment rather than just reading about, and wondering about, how they felt to those who lived in those moments. Watches? I don’t even know if I still have one – it has been that long since I last wore one. My cell phone became my watch. Yet, we still have clocks all over the place…I think they are just decorative at this point. Funny how things change over…time.

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    1. Bruce,
      Time travel would be interesting … especially historical ones. I think an interesting question is would you invite to dinner for a conversation. In terms of time travel back to my youth – and to be that stupid? No thanks. I seldom wear a watch anymore – but I do have one. Thanks for sharing!

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