Here we go again! The annual “Spring Forward” happened Sunday night. That always seems like a lovely euphemism for “Say goodbye to another hour of critical sleep, sucka!” Doesn’t it? *sigh* My body hasn’t adjusted yet. I could rant some more about this antiquated fall-back spring-forward practice. But, that’s not what I want to blog about today.
Today I want to blog about time. That invisible magical stuff that keeps us ticking, that’s all around us, that defines our existence but can’t be held or touched, bottled, sped up, slowed down, or stopped.
When you really pause to think about it … isn’t “time” weird?
I’m not a rocket scientist [or any kind of scientist]. I’m clueless with math and hopeless with numbers. I can’t expound on “time” as a principle of physics or logic. All I know is that the concept of time is kind of cool, kind of scary, and completely awesome. We can’t “see” it. We can’t touch it. But, it controls and measures everything in our life. We can measure minutes, hours, days, weeks, years – entire centuries passing by as we keep our eyes on watches, clocks and calendars. As we witness sunrises & sunsets. Or, as we notice the “smile lines” growing and deepening on our faces.
But, none of us know exactly how much “time we have” – personally – to keep waking up, to keep watching clocks and calendars and living “here.”
THE TIME YOU HAVE IN JELLY BEANS
THE FORMULA FOR HAPPINESS
“How fragile life, how certain death. We do not know when we will be required to leave this mortal existence. And so I ask, “What are we doing with today?” If we live only for tomorrow, we’ll have a lot of empty yesterdays today. Have we been guilty of declaring, “I’ve been thinking about making some course corrections in my life. I plan to take the first step—tomorrow”? With such thinking, tomorrow is forever. Such tomorrows rarely come unless we do something about them today. As the familiar hymn teaches:There are chances for work all around just now,Opportunities right in our way.Do not let them pass by, saying, “Sometime I’ll try,”But go and do something today.
“Let us ask ourselves the questions: “Have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need?” What a formula for happiness! What a prescription for contentment, for inner peace—to have inspired gratitude in another human being.
– President Thomas S. Monson, Now Is The Time, October 2001
IT’S ABOUT TODAY
On Sunday afternoon my younger sister and her daughter were involved in a serious auto accident. In a split second of time their life course was altered. Thankfully, they were granted more time to live on this earth (if you saw the wreckage of the car, you’d wonder how). They are now working the slow healing process from injuries. Today I took the opportunity to alter my routine, change my timetable and realign my priorities a little bit so I could give some assistance. I performed tasks that, for me, were very basic and simple, but impossible for my sister right now. Preparing some meals. Feeding the cat. Doing a load of laundry and general cleaning. Running some errands. In the process, I experienced the truth of President Monson’s counsel about focusing on another human being other than ourselves. I felt happy and peaceful all day. I felt inner contentment. I felt genuinely grateful my sister was allowing me to serve her. Today I was reminded, again, that I need to spend much more time looking for “opportunities right in my way” to do something for someone else.
I invite you to keep an eye out for your own unique opportunities to do something good. From time to time those opportunities might require a little effort or sacrifice, but I think most of the time, our opportunities come as small and simple things that might seem like nothing to us, but could mean the world to someone else.
Time is a gift.
How will you share your gift today? – MoSop