James Taylor recently turned 65, and over a career that spans over 40 years he continues to write beautifully prolific, poetic, and prophetic songs.
I got to thinking of the one I posted above because of something that happened at the school bus stop this morning. Cooper and I were heading back to the house when our neighbor (whom we hardly ever see) drove by and couldn’t believe how big Cooper had gotten. We then got into the obligatory “Time goes by so fast” conversation, and she drove off.
While it is true that children seem to make Time go by all the faster, the truth is that life itself is often so chaotic and busy that time flies by, children or not. And the older one gets, the more “real” this passage of time seems to become. It seems eons away when we’re young, and then as if by magic we find ourselves “as old as our parents” with children of our own….and time flies by.
How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?
~ Dr. Seuss
The more time does go by, the more I find it true that since there’s nothing I can do about the passage of time, I have everything to do with how I fill that passage of time. Not to sound like a Pollyanna about it, but it really is what JT begins the song with: the secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.
Are we, as best we can, genuinely enjoying the passage of time in our lives? Given the realities for all of us that there will be times of pain, loss, accidents, illness, what have you; in the times free of those realities are we joyful in who we are and what we’re doing?
If not, how come?
When you have really genuine “you” time, either as a family, as a couple, or by yourself; are you enjoying yourself? I find that a lot of those times, I’m distracted by all the other stuff that’s going on around me and I’m not as focused on the moment as I could or probably should be. I should be enjoying those moments better and more often. Do you find the same to be true for you?
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
~ Carl Sandburg
Time is full of enough of the painful realities of life – both natural and man-made – that as often as we can, we should embrace the blessings of today. We never know how many more today’s we’ll have, so we should enjoy each one to its fullest as best we can.
Not always easy, but also easy to forget…