Time is the most undefinable yet paradoxical of things; the past is gone, the future is not come, and the present becomes the past even while we attempt to define it, and, like the flash of lightning, at once exists and expires. ~Charles Caleb Colton
Time. Sixty seconds – one minute. Sixty minutes – one hour. Twenty four hours – one day. A year. A decade. A century… Human beings are the only species on this capable of measuring time. Our ancestors looked to the heavens in the distant past and tracked the motions of the constellations to measure time. The time for sowing. The time for reaping, measured in the heavens. The sundial. The clock. The watch. All invented by humans to keep track of this precious commodity called “Time.”
Time is important to us. It is valuable. Employers measure a workers productivity based on time. Mere seconds can determine the winner or loser of a game. I think more importantly, though, and on a much deeper and intimate level, time measures a life. Childhood to adolescence. Adolescence to adulthood. Adulthood to old age. Old age to….
Once a year, we celebrate the passing of time as one year passes and a New Year begins. Many use this time of celebration to reflect on the year that has passed, anticipating the year that is to come. When I was a younger man, I never really gave this much thought. The New Year was a time to be with family and friends getting together and celebrating. This year, 2015, I will be Fifty years old. Something happens to a man when he gets to be this age. Thoughts of his own mortality begin to sink in. I, for one, realize that there are fewer years ahead of me than the years that lay behind. To be honest with you, many of those years have not been good. Whether that was due to circumstances or dumb choices, it matters not. The good news is, those years are not lost or wasted. They contain valuable lessons that speak to us and motivate us toward change. That is why I am looking forward to this new year ahead.
Whatever may come your way in 2015, I hope this is a year full of hope, wisdom and strength.