It’s not often that I read fiction. I have an almost unquenchable thirst for knowledge and growth, so when I have time to read, it’s almost always a non-fictional read. There are, however, a few authors who can invariably entice me to stray from my normal course. Mitch Albom is one of them.
I just started reading his latest book, The Time Keeper, and he’s got me thoroughly intrigued in the first few pages. This story is about “Father Time;” not only who he is and how he came about, but also how he began to measure and value time.
I’ve not thought about this before. Until now.
Now, this book has me pondering the concept of time. I’m thinking about it a lot.
See if you track with me…
I often feel as though there’s not enough time. Have you ever wanted just another hour, or even a few more minutes in a day, or at least a slower passage of time?
- My “to-do” list is never-ending, and I don’t always complete it each day…and some things never even make it to my list, even though I might fantasize about them getting done!
- My kids are growing up too fast. They’re gaining more independence, bigger vocabularies and understanding of how the world works…which also means they’re losing their innocence and their desire to always be with mom and dad. Before becoming a parent, I had heard other parents speak of their kids growing up “in a blink.” It’s true. Mine are…or so it seems.
- The world is changing quickly and technology is keeping pace (that’s so 20 seconds ago!) Communication is always on. Always demanding our attention. Never allowing us to just sit. And relax. And be still.
Sometimes, I’m on the other side of the spectrum. There are times when it seems like things are just taking too much time…and I desperately want it to go faster!
- I moved a little more than a year ago, and it takes time to build relationships – both personal and professional. I miss the depth and ease that comes with sharing years together. There’s no shortcut, though. You simply have to experience things together to build that bond and trust.
- I need to lose about ten pounds. Why does it always seem to add up so quickly and easily, but it takes twice as long to lose?!?!
- I’d love to speak fluent Spanish. Being in Texas, it’s almost a necessity. I want to convey appreciation, express needs or engage in simple, friendly communication. It’s hard to learn quickly, and I often use wrong words, poor pronunciation or dreadful grammar. I don’t want to offend anyone, but I can see that this is going to be a process. It won’t happen overnight.
Then, there are the things that require perfect timing.
- ‘Tis the season, and our Elf on the Shelf needs to “visit the North Pole” each night…which essentially means, I can’t forget to move him after my kids go to sleep. It’s the first thing they look for in the morning, and they’re SO excited to see if he moved. I’ve forgotten a few times and awoken early morning, fully panicked and sweating from head-to-toe, racing downstairs to find a creative new hiding space before my kids wake up. (I’ve learned my lesson and now have a recurring alarm set for late-night to remind me!)
- I’ve been part of new initiatives with clients; things that involved change or something completely new. The timing needed to be just right – after the need is established, understood and accepted, and along with the input of others, and intertwined with thoughtful and frequent communication that continues after the change is launched.
- I can recall a time years ago when my husband and I had the first serious discussion about starting a family. We had all the right things in place: careers, happy marriage, house, even a dog who had given us some “practice” taking care of another life (aside from a plant!) Yet, it took us a while. Perhaps it was the timing for the right biological things to take place, perhaps it was God’s perfect timing for our family. Either way, there was precision involved.
It’s all reminiscent of Goldilocks, isn’t it? Except with time, it’s too much, too little or just right.
If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that we’re not going to change time and how it works. A day isn’t going to get longer. We can’t make seconds pass faster, either. And, really – how often is it actually the “perfect” time for something?
So what are we to do?
Cherish the time we have.
Be present in the moment.
Live every second fully.
Create memories today that last for years.
Do the right thing now and always.
Make good choices today, because they impact every tomorrow.
Plan ahead with hope and faith.
Don’t look back with regret, but with knowledge and strength.
Trust that you were meant to be right here, at this time, for your purpose…
So, live it with intention.
I don’t know how The Time Keeper ends. I’m still reading it. And I’m going to savor every word, delight in every page turn, imagine with each chapter.
Like I said earlier, I don’t read fiction very often, so I’m going to take this opportunity to enjoy my experience. I’m going to enjoy every. single. second.
And, I’m going to think more about where I need to slow down, where I need to pick up the pace, and how I can truly value every moment of all that makes up my life.
Every second is a blessing and an opportunity. Shouldn’t we treat it that way?
Do you need to do anything differently to value your time? What would make time “just right” for you?