Time is a strange thing to me. Itâ€™s as illusive as tomorrow and as intangible as yesterday. It canâ€™t be banked or borrowed.Â We use the phrase â€śtime stood stillâ€ť to describe some moment in our lives. A measure of time that was so important that we would like to freeze it so our minds can absorb it. However, time never stands still.Â There is a line in an old song that saysâ€ť if I could save time in a bottleâ€śâ€¦. The writer then goes on to tell what he would do with the time he captured. Older folks always say that the older you get the faster time goes by.Â Iâ€™m finding that to be more true each year.
We are the most aware of time when we are in a hurry or when we are reflecting on it.Â Itâ€™s measured in seconds, minutes, hours, days ,weeks, months, years, decades, centuries, and millennia.
The past can determine our present and our present can determine our future. We canâ€™t relive our past and nor can we project ourselves into the future.Â So how do we make the most of our days?Â We live in the present.Â Oh, I know we do this without even thinking about it! Maybe thatâ€™s the issue.Â We donâ€™t think too much about the time that is today. Are you regretting the past? Fearing the future? The present is filled with moments.Â We only have this moment to live out.Â Do we put this moment on hold hoping for something better or do we savor this moment and the next and the next?
My friend was on a trip with her young son and was trying to get an eight year old to appreciate all the memories she was trying to make with him. I gathered he wasnâ€™t too impressed with all the plans she had made, videos she had taken of him, and sunrises she had eagerly wanted to share with him.Â He just wanted to enjoy the trip.Â As she shared with me her frustration at his indifference, I told her maybe she should not be so consumed with making memories that she missed the moments!
Moments are fleeting, but they are precious, because thatâ€™s all we have. Not yesterday or tomorrow. Just now. Itâ€™s hard to fully appreciate every moment, they go by so fast. But, couldnâ€™t we slow down enough to let at least some moments catch up with us?Â I wonder what would happen.Â Maybe we would actually be present in our own lives.Â We could enjoy our â€śnowâ€ť. Many of us work so hard at investing in our futures that our now is bankrupt.Â Whatever your moments hold for you today, be grateful and give thanks for each one.Â Itâ€™s all you have.