Lost For Time

“Time is free, but it’s priceless.

You can’t own it, but you can use it.

You can’t keep it, but you can spend it.

Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.”

…..Harvey MacKay

The Stress of Time

There is never enough time to do what we want.



The best laid plans are always the first to dissipate. For example, this blog was meant to be a daily way for the readers to follow along this trip. Yet, it has been a week since the last post. Not for lack of wanting but because time didn’t allow or inspiration and time had different agendas. Also in the plans were a couple of vacation days to put together some ideas and formulate the coming weeks’ post. It seems that the cosmic scheduler thought that wasn’t a good idea as issues have happened today to take the focus away from the writing and on to other mundane things like work issues, tasks, and of course life in general. Why, in the modern times we live in, is it so hard to accomplish simple things?

We have the tools to organize our days. From calendars on the wall to those on our computer and our phones now can keep them readily available to plan out our days. Yet, we still fail to get things done that we need to do or, heaven forbid, want to do. Our days are packed with running here and there, meetings and tasks; all conspire against our plans and intentions. Students intend on doing more for their homework while parents look to do more around the house or with family. Work schedules many meetings only to create more tasks on top of other tasks the endless schedules that led nowhere and produce little if any impact seems to be a way of life.

This was not the plan we had for our futures. Remember the cartoons and shorts from the 50’s and 60’s that depicted our idea of the future world? Cars were supposed to fly. Robots were supposed to do everything for us. Even the ideas of the Jetsons seem further away than ever. Instead, we have more technology and less time to do anything because there is more technology to add to the list of things to do and to distract from our daily lives. Email has replaced writing letters. Facebook has replaced spending time with friends to catch up. Our lives are on display yet we do not have the time to do anything with our lives.

As the year comes to an end, think on all the things that were planned to be done by the end of year. There were the little projects that were added in the cold of January to be done when the Spring thaw arrived, the trips to be done over the Summer vacation or the campfires to sit around in the early parts of Fall. All the seasons have passed and few of these have been enjoyed. Time has once again slipped away from us and we cannot get it back. If attention to living is not given, then we will exist without enjoying the gift of life that we have. Is work more important than life? Isn’t it supposed to be a means to an end? To what end will it be. The best years of life are spent working and only a little time spent on living.

In the coming year, plans will be made again for things to be accomplished, projects to start, and relaxing moments shared. Do you think that as next year closes that we will once again look back on all that was not completed or will we break the cycle allowing for time to be made to enjoy the things that are important and the people who matter?

Until next time….

© 2010


3 Comments on Lost For Time

  1. Those were my thoughts, back when I was young, still working, still trying to raise my family and wondering how it will all turn out…Never thinking much about what my mind set will be once my kids are raised, out of school, on their…and me with no pressing agenda. Me, without my partner….living in the same house after 40 years….WOW! A whole “nuther” ball of wax.

  2. I have been time challenged for the last 20 years. Even now my kids are grown and my baby boy left for bootcamp today……I look back and wonder where all the time went…..ahhh! Can’t live in yesterday…

    • First off, our hearts go out to your son. Thank him for us for his service and dedication. He will be in our hearts.

      Time is something that you do not cherish in your 20’s, begin to understand in your 30’s, and try to get back in your 40’s. Looking back on all the time wasted is not going to change the fact that it is gone. We have to make better choices with our time. Manage what we can an appreciate each moment.

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