Time Keeps on Keepin’ On

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Oodles of science fiction stories about time inhabit our physical and digital bookshelves. Whether these are time travel stories of heroines desperate to change history or fountain of youth stories about characters trying to extend their lifespans, speculations on time fascinate us. It might be said we are obsessed with time—how to get more of it and how to spend it.

No doubt, time is a valuable and limited commodity. We never have enough, and we’re always seeking more. Writers and philosophers throughout the ages have reflected on the swift passage of time. Here’s a favorite poem by Dr. Seuss:

How did it get so late so soon?

Its night before its afternoon.

December is here before its June.

My goodness how the time has flewn.

How did it get so late so soon?

Knowing that time is limited, we focus on squeezing everything we can into a twenty-four day. We make lists and vow to wrangle the most out of every waking minute. But here’s the thing: if we don’t set priorities, we’ll fail to accomplish what’s most important. Work, life goals, and daily chores are essential parts of life, but we must be careful “not to get caught up in the thick of thin things.”*

Life is undoubtedly busy, but are we wasting time with trivial pursuits? Could we not become better stewards of our time? When we reach the end of our journey, many of the things that occupied our time will fade away. Our primary concern will revolve around the people we interacted with and the relationships we formed.

The clock is forever ticking. We have no way of knowing how much time we will have on this planet. Tragedy can strike in an instant, and change is constant. Remember the old adage: “Time waits for no man.” That elusive commodity will pass, whether we use it wisely or not. Make it a priority to connect with someone this week. Don’t let time slip by without sharing as many precious moments as you can with the ones you love.

*Neal A. Maxwell

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