Time is something we all need to take into account. It is the one thing of which everybody claims they do not have enough.
There are words of wisdom about time. Pericles suggested time is the wisest counselor of all. Henry Van Dyke said “Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” Benjamin Franklin, said “Time is money”. Carl Sandburg argued that “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” Albert Einstein had thoughts about time, too. “When you spend two hours with a girl, you think, it was a minute. But if you sit on top of a hot oven for one minute, you think, it was two hours. That’s relativity.”
The concept of time distortion describes how we all react to events in our lives. There are moments in our lives we want to last forever and others we want to be gone sooner than later. Remember the long days of summer during your childhood, when you played for hours without thinking about the next day? Those summers seemed to be endless. It seemed that one day had more than 24 hours.
From Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, the Bible shares these words of wisdom about time:
“For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.”
It may be that the greatest gift we have to give to our children and our youth is our time. They need us and while it seems obviously simple it is important for us to understand that the only way that need can be met is to spend time with them. How we spend that time with them is another question. Rumi, the Sufi poet and philosopher suggested that we “Come out of the circle of time and into the circle of love”.
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