Posts Tagged ‘marking time’

Time Is a Circus

January 21, 2010

When I was eight years old, it felt like childhood would last forever

When I was young, time was a kindly relative, showering me with an endless supply of gifts, and many a day was happily wasted.

Most of us spend our lives as if we had another one in the bank.
Ben Irwin

Today, I view marking time as a crime; every day fairly bursts with the urgency to advance the work I came here to do.

Time is a circus always packing up and moving away.
Ben Hecht

On one hand, I wonder how much (more…)

Cherish is the Word

June 8, 2009

carpe-diem-signI do not like wasting time. I want every minute of every day to be productive. No, don’t worry, I’m not a raging workaholic. Productive use of my time means anything from writing a blog post to reading a good book to spending time with friends and family to meditating to watching a favorite TV show to taking a much-needed nap. Balance is the operative word.

This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good, but what I do today is important, because I am exchanging a day of my life for it! When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place something that I have traded for it. I want it to be gain, and not loss; good, and not evil; success, and not failure; in order that I shall not regret the price I have paid for it.

Perhaps a better way to say this is that I don’t like marking time. I want my minutes and hours and days to count. I want every moment to be saturated with purpose. I don’t want an hour to go by without learning something, deepening a relationship, doing satisfying work or just enjoying a good laugh.

The days come and go like muffled and veiled figures sent from a distant friendly party, but they say nothing, and if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them as silently away.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The recent death of one of my best friends only strengthened my resolve to squeeze every last drop of value out of whatever time I have left on the planet. Now, whenever I find myself not making good use of my time, I think, I’m (more…)