Time flies, no matter what
July 27, 2016
Time flies, whether we are having fun or not. I mean, here we are already at the end of July. Seven months have passed since the beginning of the year. I am not sure about you, but for me, the time has absolutely flown by.
I had a conversation with a gentleman today. He has three children, and the youngest one is a 9-month-old daughter. He passionately shared how he feels about his wife and children, but he lamented on how fast they all seem to be growing up and changing — especially his 9-month-old daughter.
That resonated with me because this year, my 27-year-old daughter will be getting married. And I think back and wonder where the time has gone. We have had so many wonderful, beautiful and happy times together, and they all seem like they happened yesterday. I remember things, from taking her on walks and to her first days of school, through her high school and teen years and then being able to have fun with her as an adult with her friends and her fiance. But I swear it was yesterday that she was 10 years old and we were on our way to her first concert at Red Rocks. Time flies when you are having fun.
when it's not all fun
And again, time flies even when we are not having fun. We may feel like a painful event turns minutes into hours and hours into weeks or even longer. Many of us who have lost a loved one know all too well the anguish and pain that comes along with watching someone suffer, and then what that mourning feels like. And yet, as we get through the most terrible times and moments, all of a sudden we look back and say, where has the time gone, its seems like yesterday that we were together and it has actually been 3-and-a-half years since that person passed away. Time flies, even when we are not having fun.
For some of us, business meetings feel like torture and the meeting cannot end soon enough. And for others, we become completely energized and wish the meeting would keep going. Some of us suffer during the hour of worship, only showing up out of a sense of obligation and not for a true desire to be in a house of God. And then there are those of us who love being at worship services, get motivated by the music and inspired by the message and the word of God. But either way, whether we feel like time is dragging or time is flying, time is time and moves on its own schedule whether we want it to or not.
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In the blink of an eye
One of my favorite things to do is go to concerts, especially seeing some of my favorite singers and bands who are once again touring. They play the songs we all know by heart and we get to sing along. And before we know it, two hours or in the case of Bruce Springsteen, four hours has gone by in the blink of an eye. Time flies when we are having fun.
Everything seems to happen in the blink of an eye. From kids growing up, to people passing away, to endless meetings and conference calls, inspiring worship services, ball games, concerts, family vacations and even a great book. What we can probably all learn to do a little more of is appreciating each and every moment, hour, day, week, month and year that we have been blessed with here on earth. When we look back, we should not lament so much as to where the time has gone, but instead we should look back in appreciation and with an attitude of gratitude for what we had the opportunity to experience.
Time flies, it sure does. And it flies whether we are having fun or not. So how about you, are you someone who needs to do a little more appreciating for each and every day or someone who is just allowing time to pass on by, fast or slow? Either way, I would love to here all about your story at firstname.lastname@example.org and when we enjoy the time that we have and that we have shared with others, it really will be a better than good week.
Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach, and motivational speaker. He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.
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