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Monday, October 13, 2014

Is Time Our Ally or Our Enemy?

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"To love life is to love time. Time is the stuff life is made of."
--Benjamin Franklin 

In a magazine I read recently the title on the editor's

page was "The Future Is Now." The article didn't mention the title again or hint at its meaning. Exactly what did the title mean? Those words still rattle around in my mind so I'll give my take on them.

The future is now. Okay . . .  Today is yesterday's tomorrow. Today is tomorrow's past. Tomorrow is today's future. Does that come out to be "the future is now"? Is this like high school algebra where a=c, b=c, then a must = b? The "future is now" is all a puzzle of time.

Does time restrict all of our days? Does time confine us within boundaries every hour? Does time keep us within limits every minute of every day? Of course it does. But where would we be if we didn't have these restrictions, boundaries, and limits that time dictates to society? Without time, people would live in a state of utter confusion and disorder. Therefore, time becomes an ally for the common order of all people.

Each day we're allotted 86,400 seconds. No matter what we do with the day, none of those seconds can be carried over to tomorrow. Whatever time we fail to use or to use unwisely cannot be recalled. An English proverb reads, "Time and tide wait for no man."  Make good use of your time.

Take advantage of every worthwhile opportunity. Cherish today as a gift from God and don't squander the precious seconds and hours of it. Value your todays more highly than all your tomorrows. For too soon today will become yesterday and you'll wonder where the time went.

Making specific goals for the use of our time is admirable. But also aim to make no time for bad attitudes, hurtful criticism or unkind gossip (is there any other kind?). Make no mockery of time by being satisfied with idleness. When we put all our time to good use we could agree with Benjamin Franklin: "To love life is to love time. Time is the stuff life is made of."

Oh my, I've probably taken up too much of your time; time that you may have planned for doing something more enjoyable or worthwhile. Next week I'll try to be less wordy. But, remember, I do value the time you share with me.


  1. For several years I have wished to have back the time I wasted during my 60 years. As young people, time seems endless. When I was young, I remember thinking Sunday afternoon was so long as we rested for the long busy week ahead. Now days, Sunday afternoon flies by just like the other six days in my week. At some point in every week I ask myself where has the time gone.

    Thanks, Jo, for giving me a reason to remember how grateful I am to still have time by asking me to simply consider whether time is friend or foe.

    1. Lindy, you're welcome. Glad the post helped you consider whether time is friend or foe. For me, Sunday afternoons in the past seemed longer because life was simpler. We didn't have the intrusions the world of technology has placed in our world. Technology advances are great. But sometimes they cause me to consider whether they are ally or foe. Thanks for commenting.