Posts tagged ‘time’

October 20, 2015

Observed on the street: time for a change

I found this little sign in a gift shop in Smithers, British Columbia:

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Time changes everything. Does it? And if so, how? Is the secret in the simple fact that “time heals,” or does the passing of time allow us to gain a better perspective on life, loss, value and what really matters in the long run?

Time changes everything. I want to believe that it will, but I’m looking for the proof.

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May 28, 2015

Every second counts

Something to remember:

Twenty-four little hours make a difference, sure.
But so do twenty-four little minutes, or seconds.

(Dinah Washington song lyric quoted in Corked: A Memoir by Kathryn Borel)

November 4, 2014

The secret to a rich life? It’s in each individual thread

I recommend reading the book Outside, an enchanting and mystical collection of short stories by Barry Lopez. The anthology’s last story in particular expresses the idea of life as a tapestry composed of hundreds of exquisite threads, each deserving of our notice and care, and together forming a beauty that shimmers far beyond the reach of words.

In “Empira’s Tapestry,” the narrator Marlis stands in awe of a magnificent tapestry woven by her mysterious friend Empira. The tapestry depicts “a wilderness scene of bright sunlight over a canyon,” and it stuns Marlis with its intricacy and radiance, as she expresses in this passage:

When I first looked at [Empira’s tapestry] I thought it had to be a painting, so fine was her weave. Only with my glasses on could I distinguish the threads from one another or, more amazing, the boundaries between colors. A hundred spools of thread pegged on a board ran the spectrum from plum through saffron to ruby red, with dozens of shades of blue and green and hues of brown.

Marlis struggles for words to compliment Empira on the depth of her skill, but Empira has a simple explanation for her handiwork:

It’s each individual thread, Marlis. Tying off each single thread. Pulling them from the spools, holding them to the light, feeling their tension, like violin strings, before they become part of the pattern.

Empira then draws a lovely parallel between the care she has taken in weaving the tapestry and the care many of us fail to take with the threads in our own lives:

We suspect so little of what goes on in the world, of what is happening or has happened to us. We don’t gather the threads, Marlis. We let them go and then the wind weaves them. We let go and float. We eddy up along the river somewhere, most of us, and just wait out our time.

The threads of your life, if gathered and appreciated for their own unique qualities, create a rich and striking tapestry that is yours alone. The key, Lopez reminds us, is to discern the line and shape of each individual thread, to turn it over in your hands and appreciate what it has to offer, then to tie it with care and understanding into the bigger picture that is your life.

Only you can weave the tapestry of your life – but you have to dedicate yourself to the task first.

September 30, 2014

With age comes the freedom to DO IT NOW

From Falling in Honey: Life and Love on a Greek Island by Jennifer Barclay:

The older I get, the more I appreciate and enjoy life, I think. There is a kind of freedom in getting older: the idea that if you don’t do something now, when are you going to do it?

What are you going to do today, tomorrow, now, before another day, week or year passes?

September 26, 2014

Revel in the long way home

Thought for the day, courtesy of blogger Caroline Ross (a.k.a. yours truly):

The shortest distance between point A and point B is not, where learning experiences are concerned, a straight line.

Cherish those twisty, turny meanderings. You grow stronger because of them.

August 26, 2014

Be patient, my dear, for the light will shine again

Thought for the moment, courtesy of Joan Anderson’s memoir The Second Journey:

Nothing worthwhile can be hurried — not the seasons, not birth or death, the coming of day, the moving into night; not a composition, a thought, a work of art, the form of a story. Patience is what makes each experience meaningful. Finding the time to be patient is what makes a life well lived.

Sometimes life hands you some real “lemons” of a moment. All you can do during these trying times is trust that the cycle of your experience will eventually swing back up into the positive again. Patience is key, but so is gentleness . . . gentleness with yourself, and with others, and with your heart, and with the hearts of others.

Life is ultimately circular in motion. What goes up must come down, but what goes down must come up again. Be patient; you will rise to the light again.

July 26, 2014

Pave the way for new beginnings

It’s a new moon tonight, a perfect time to reflect on old goals, set new ones, and open yourself to new beginnings and all the possibilities that go along with them.

The new moon also brings a calmness to your psyche, allowing you to breathe deeply, truly relax, and observe your emotions and motivations from a detached perspective.

Take advantage of the energy that the new moon brings to look within yourself and set a new course for the coming month — or reaffirm a positive course that you are already on!

A word on new beginnings, from English novelist Arnold Bennett:

The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance.
The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life.
You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose. 

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April 30, 2014

You don’t have time to sit and doubt . . .

Inspiration for the last day of April:

The heart knows the truth.
Trust it, for life is short.

(From the film Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day)

March 1, 2014

March challenge: Live as if you were dying

What if someone told you that you had only one month left to live? What would you do with the time remaining to you? Would you do things differently to how you’re doing them now?

This month, I challenge you to make a list of the things you would do if you had only one month left to live. Then, pick three things from this list and do them before the month is out.

We never know how much time is given to us in this life. Let’s do our best to make the most of what we’ve got.

February 19, 2014

The meat of life is here

Thought for the day, courtesy of author Annie Dillard:

There are not events but thoughts and the heart’s hard turning, the heart’s slow learning where to love and whom. The rest is merely gossip, and tales for other times.