I have been watching this series unfold the past month when I originally read one of my friend’s responses. I have thought of the topics again and again yet, I still found some excuse to not write. My biggest excuse – no time. Funny how often we use that excuse. It covers so many bases – no time to read, no time to play, no time for friends, no time for love, no time to live.
I have lived much of my life avoiding time. I procrastinate, I dawdle, I get lost in myself and then I run around trying to cram everything in. It can cause chaos. It causes me stress. Now, I do try and strategize – I have day planners, wall calendars, post-it notes, notes written on my hands (in our house this is called the irish palm pilot). I have learned from my struggles as well as my mistakes. I find solace in routines, I like to know what is expected. But time is not always what we expect. We don’t expect death, we don’t expect the car to flood, we don’t expect extra financial burdens based on the greed of others.
Though, through my life’s trials and tribulations I have learned a lot of good things about time as well. Time heals, time encourages growth, time strengthens love, time builds friendships, time allows a bottle of wine to breath, time allows for spontaneity, time allows reflection, time allows for change. Time also creates laughlines, my children to grow too big for my lap, my wedding ring to be scuffed and loved, my family to be happy and complete. What does time give you?