Time and Spending It!

Old_clockTime.  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.”




IMG_0135Yesterday, 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.

clockWhen 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?




9 thoughts on “Time and Spending It!

  1. Well today I have a 4 hour English test and then I’m meeting some of the counsellors from Waco High to decide what I want my schedule to be like and then I have a Orchestra Concert. It’s going to be a long and tiring day! Then I also have to read another chapter from Malcolm X and drawn an illustration for that chapter. Just thinking about doing all that makes me tired! 🙂 I try to do as much as a can when I have some free time and I spend a lot of time with my family and friends. Hope you have a great week! See ya back here next week! 🙂

  2. I’ve been spending most of my time looking for a job, so my bucket list is getting neglected. I would like to put in a pool at our house, but alas that takes money. We’ll see, hopefully someday.

  3. I have to spend time on homework, but I give some time to talking with friends and to writing my book. I also have time for family and school, of course chores on the weekends, and to having time for myself. Which is hard to come by since school began again. I’m just hoping for another snow day tomorrow. 😉 I want to have a nice relaxing week as well as time to do extra credit stuff for classes.
    Up to chapter ten and counting over 20,000 words, I’m pleased with the outcome of my book so far.

  4. Hmm I haven’t read for 2 weeks now so I just went into my sisters’ shelf and picked up a book that book right now is helping me get over some grief I experienced for a bit now. you see when I feel sad i like to read or imagen my favorite books to be combined with me in it. What you posted help me get over a bit of my grief because it reminds me that i still have a life ahead of me and i shouldn’t waste it. 🙂 thanks CC

  5. That’s so cute! I’ve been spending my time reading books, re-reading your books, playing the piano and the flute and sadly focusing on school because school has taken over my life.

  6. I would like to volunteer more and to start getting a real job. I will start spending more time with family and friends, and making sure I spend time focusing on reaching my life goals.

  7. I usually spend my time either at work or school. When I’m home I like to read or spend time with my fiancé or do both. I like to also see my family at least once a week and I see my best friends about once a month. With work and school, it makes it hard to have free extra time. I also volunteer four times a month when I can.
    I’m so glad you and your husband were able to spend time together. It sounds like you guys had a great time! <3

  8. Well, it’s “snowed” where I live (more like ice!) and so I’ve been staying home being lazy. I’m gonna work on my homework and probably hang out with my boyfriend this weekend. I also have a GS meeting tomorrow.

  9. I have used my time to finish reading reborn and I made a drawing to enter into a contest for dell called what lives inside. I also will be adding another chapter to my book in progress.

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