I love watches. I enjoy browsing the latest styles and checking antique shops for special designs.
The challenge of a watch is that it is circular, giving you the illusion that if you wait long enough this time will come around again.
The reality is that time is linear, in so much as it is more of a straight ongoing line, and it only moves forward, it does not stop and it does not replay.
As we are swept into this new year, time is something on many of our minds: we look back and we look forwards. But do we pause long enough to look at right now, this moment, this minute?
John Lennon wrote the lyrics:
“Before you cross the street take my hand.
Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
In the same vain, Psalm 90:12 says, “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
In order to embrace this moment, I think we do need to stare time in the face, including what has been and what may come.
In one sense, we need to let go of the time that has passed, let bygones be bygones. In another sense, the past is not dead at all – it has shaped us and made us, to a certain degree, who we are. We must deal with the past effectively if we are to live in the present happily.
We should also take time to dream, consider and prepare for the possibilities of what the future may hold. The future can give us hope for a better tomorrow and the possibility for change, if we are careful about the time that can be planned.
Time that is now
Today is all we have: “now” is the acceptable time. Although we live in this present reality, are we attentive to this present moment?
One of the byproducts of being given a shortened life expectancy is that you try and slow time down by savouring experiences. It makes you increasingly aware of the 1,440 minutes allocated to each of us per day. I think I am now more present in the moment, taste my meals, listen more carefully and experience the beauty of the moment.
It’s the difference between just eating a strawberry, and tasting a strawberry. I encourage you to taste the strawberries this 2014!
To have a successful new year, simply string together a chain of successful months. To have a successful month, string together a chain of successful hours: a chain of “now” moments. For now is the time:
- to apologise
- to forgive
- to make a change
- to give thanks
- to encourage
- to pray
- to choose love
The best thing that we can do to honour our past and prepare for our future is to live with everything we have in the present. This is your “Now” moment!