Time. It’s this mysterious thing we can’t touch, and yet it controls us. Oh yes, we try to control it. Try to manage it, but it’s such an elusive little thing and so, we often fail. We used to wear it around our wrists, now we mostly carry it around on our cell phones. We check it quite regularly, to see where we are in our day, to make sure it hasn’t gotten away from us.
We spend time every day. Some days we don’t even think about spending it. We’re on a fast track of life and we just do it. We don’t even consider what we spend time on. Some days it passes so fast, that we wonder where it went, other days, it seems as if it crawls by with the speed of a one legged turtle.
The thing that most of us do, and I’m as guilty as anyone else, is take time for granted. We think it will always be there. You know… When we say, I’m gonna do that later. Someday. It’s on my bucket list. I’ll do it when I get around to it. “A round tuit.”
Yesterday, on Sunday, I was in my study, working. (I admit it, I’m a bit of a workaholic. I’m actually trying to work on that.) Hubby walked in and asked, “Are you gonna work today, or do you want to do something different?” When I turned back to look at him, I saw the white rose, held in a drinking glass, he’d taken the time to pick and bring to me the day before, sitting on my desk.
You know, if anyone has a little different outlook on time, it’s him. You see, for the five years he was on dialysis, it often felt like he was living on borrowed time. Now that he has a kidney transplant, he’s sort of been given a new time account. Time looks a little different. I think he takes time for granted a little less than others.
So I looked back and told him. “Let me finish this scene and then let’s do something different.” Yeah, I love my career, and I believe in setting goals and making them happen, but sometimes I need to be reminded that time is like everything else in life. It needs to be balanced.
So we took off on a country drive. It was kind of gloomy, even rained a little, but we loved every mile and enjoyed just talking. We saw a Mexican Eagle, we’d never seen one before. Spotted a few hawks, silhouetted in the big bare oak trees that looked almost spooky. We drove to see some family, that lives out in the country, and went to eat at country restaurant we’d never tried. We drank a bottle of wine, laughed and just visited.
When we got home, I gave my hubby a big thank you. I needed that time. Today, I’m gonna write some more scenes, but I’ll take the time to smile at a stranger. Give someone I love a hug. Call someone I haven’t spoken with in a while and just say hello. And I’ll spend some more time with my hubby.
What’s on your list? How are you spending your time?