Tic Toc

I would like to write about something this week that is very dear to my heart…Time. I remember the summers as a child used to last what seemed like forever. I know, each year you get older Time goes faster…but don’t you feel sometimes that this speeding up of Time gets a little ridiculous? I rise on a Monday morning, start to tackle what it is I have planned to accomplish for the week, and before I know it, I’m sitting at my computer on a Wednesday evening…amazed at how quickly the Time has passed! Recently, I read an article where John Cleese of Monty Python fame mentioned that he always likes to have the summers off. The interviewer asked him why….John answered, “At my age I’ve got, if I’m lucky, about 15 summers left in my life, and I want to enjoy each one of them to the fullest.” I guess we all have to learn how to handle Time in our own way.

We seem to spend the better part of our Time overlooking things. We plow along through chores or assignments at an express train rate of speed, ignoring local stops. At my train station there are two schedules….one for the express train into the city, and one that makes all stops. You can imagine which is the more popular route….it’s very easy to incorporate the same mentality in handling life. The quote, “Take the time to stop and smell the roses,” is not something to take lightly. In this day and age some may say, ” What roses?”, but we seem to have screwed something up along the way….where taking Time out for yourself is equal to laziness. Well, it’s not. I believe it’s essential.
What I try to do in my life, to kind of “Slow down Time,” is play little games with it, probably to trick my mind into believing that the week is going slower. I break my day into blocks of Time….3 or 4 hour intervals that are assigned to each task. At the end of each block of Time I take a break and reflect on what’s taken place. Then, I move on to my next block of Time. What used to happen was I would start something at nine in the morning and before I knew it, it was three in the afternoon! Sometimes more can be accomplished when after a few hours we take a break, examine, correct the mistakes right then and there, and move on. For me, this has become a better way to manage Time and slow it down.

In Heaven there is no Time….no markers that judge us from moment to moment, to see what we have accomplished within a certain amount of Time. Time is a creation of this earthly world….a ticking of sound to remind us that we won’t be here forever. This “Tic Toc” can be our friend or our foe…depending on how we decide to use it.

Take the Time……

Jennifer Avalon
© 2000 Jennifer Avalon

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