If I could put weather in a bottle, today’s weather would be a good choice. It was an open window kind of day for sure! The past several days would also be keepers. What startles me is how many of them I can take for granted, and how fast they go.
Fast forwarding is a great way to enjoy TV without commercials. But that’s how my life feels – somebody is holding down the skip button, and I am zipping through days. It’s Friday again – wasn’t yesterday Monday?
J.K. Rowling observed,
“It’s a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.”
But dread is not the only accelerator of my days. All my happy memories testify of moments, days, and years too quickly spent.
The best summing up of the emotions this open window day evoked:
“Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? —every, every minute?” (Emily asks this question in “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder)
Okay – time to snap out of it –Of course we don’t! That’s why we have painters, poets and playwrights!
Good grief – if we just sat around enjoying the moment, we’d have even bigger piles of stuff frustrating us.
But just being able to throw open a window and breathe . . . ah, I can hear Jim Croce’s lyrics:
If I could save time in a bottle this
The first thing that I’d like to do
Is to save every day
Till Eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you . . .
But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do . . .(If I Could Put Time in a Bottle)
The future is that time when you’ll wish you had done what you aren’t doing now. You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time. — (Charles F. Kettering – an American inventor, engineer, businessman)
Teach us to use our time wisely Lord . . . Psalm 90:12
Your words, and your coffee cup, bring me great joy this Wednesday morning, thanks Auntie!
Loved reading this and remembering Emily’s words that I taught to so many students. We don’t get it, do we?
Yet, our conversation of this morning shall be a bright spot in this day’s landscape. Thanks, friend.