Time--2017 A to Z Theme
My theme for the 2017 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is "Time". The posts will be more philosophical, contemplative, and even autobiographical than instructional. No time management tips planned, but you never know with A to Z.
Always a work in progress--welcome to my blog...
Friday, April 14, 2017
A wife asks her husband, "What's a five letter word about time that begins with an "L"?
Staring at the television the husband doesn't answer, so the wife asks, "Can you tell me?"
Without looking up the husband says, "Later."
The wife retorts, "Why can't you tell me now?"
When I was about five I figured that my great grandmother--Maw Maw we called her--was about a hundred years old. Looking at a genealogical book about my mother's family I see that at that time Maw Maw would have been more like in her mid eighties. To a five year old she looked really old. But so did my grandparents who would have been in their fifties which is younger than I am now.
They--and I--have lived a decent span of a lifetime. A person can do a lot in fifty years and more. Then I think about friends and people I've known through the years who died in their twenties, thirties, or forties. Those were usually bigger surprises unlike any of my old friends who might pass away now. At some point in a lifetime the reality of the end coming ever more near is always on the horizon. I'd like to think that my lifetime will be a long time. It's been decently long so far, but it would be nice to stay alive and healthy for many many more years to come.
In Psalms 90 it is said that a normal life span is seventy to eighty years. Seems like there hasn't been much change a few thousand years later despite all the medical advances. And is the quality of life any better now? A person might live to their eighties and never seem to do that much in all that time. Not if you put that life up against someone who died relatively young like Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert who all put out voluminous outputs of great music.
Some of us might imagine that we will merely fade away into the memories of the few we leave behind and then eventually become dusty stats in some courthouse record department. Sounds glum until you think of the broader implications on the way your life may have touched others. Every smile we give to another person, every encouraging word, helps to shape the world into a better place. It would be nice to leave behind a great book or work of art after our lifetimes are over, but in a sense we have left even greater things. Each of us has an influence that reaches out far beyond our own lives and even beyond our lifetimes.
As we grow older we tend to sense an urgency to get things done and time itself seems to speed faster. A lifetime is limited, but unfortunately we don't know exactly what those limitations are as we go forward. Each day that comes is like a bonus after a while as we start wondering how many more remain. Can we do everything we've wanted to in the lifetime we've been given? Have you planned out the life you hope to live? Or do you let life take you by surprise?