Last week before the tragic events of Friday morning, a friend of mine posted on Facebook that she was so glad she ‘took the time’ to go to her daughter’s dance rehearsal. That phrase stuck in my mind as a great example for this blog. So often we are on such a tight schedule that we often do not take the time to deviate from our calendar. In light of Friday’s horrific news, her post is even more ‘timely’.
Intellectually, we know that life can be taken away in a second. We know it is precious. We know spending time with our kids and each other is important but we also rationalize that time will be there when we are ready to take it. And then there comes an emotional wake up call that says time can take us before we take it.
Mahatma Ghandi’s wise words, “there is more to life than simply increasing its speed” and Benjamin Franklin’s “you may delay, but time will not” rise up to greet me with a sustained poignancy today that makes me want to be even more intentional about how I spend my time.
Take the time this week to move off your calendar’s page and enjoy a moment, an hour or an entire day in new and different ways.
Use the time you have wisely. Once it is gone you cannot retrieve it or replace it.