It’s Time … it’s always time!
This concept of time has been around for a long time, it’s both a noun and a verb.
Noun: the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole.
Verb: plan, schedule, or arrange when (something) should happen or be done.
We even go so far as to create definitions within definitions … like ephemeral- Something that is fleeting or short-lived is ephemeral, like a fly that lives for one day or text messages flitting from cell phone to ... cell phone.
We have no promise of time (in the future) we can’t reverse that which is past so we’re left with “now” and fortunately now is now!
This is what I’ve been thinking about today. Last night on TV I watched a rerun of “Glee” and it was the shows tribute to “Finn” (one of the shows main character from previous seasons.) In real life, Cory Monteith, the 31-year-old star was found dead in a Canadian hotel room in July of an accidental alcohol and drug overdose. This episode brought back memories that occurred in my life back in 2003 and I hope the experience will prove useful in your life and with your use of time.
It was August 2, 2003 and Shari, my wife, was tethered to an array of tubes, monitors and gadgets in the ER. [Two days before this she was receiving her first Chemo treatment for breast cancer. A healthy 54 year old, non-drinking, non-smoking woman who was told the surgery removing the cancer in her breast had been completely successful, the margins were clean, healing was complete and that 10 weeks of chemo would complete the program she required to continue on with her expected long and productive life.] My Bishop, who was standing in the corner of the room, summoned me over and gently whispered to me, “Bill, it’s time to release her.” I asked, “Release her from what?” He replied, “From this life … she’s hanging on for you Bill, you need to let her know, it’s Ok, that you’ll miss her, but it’s time for her to return to her Father in Heaven.” I can tell you those words were the most difficult words I’d ever heard in my life, up until the point. I began to Pray to my Father in Heaven on behalf of Shari … I conveyed my thoughts, feelings and good-bye’s.
We’re brought into this life with someone either saying, thinking or conveying, “It’s time” … “my water has just broke,” or “the contractions are really severe,” or “this baby is coming,” … whatever, the words, “it’s time” are offered. We depart this life with similar sentiments, “I’m tired, I’m sick, I’m sorry, I love you, I’ll miss you …” and silently we depart mortality when, “it’s time.”
Between these two momentous occasions we have life, our life, we have time and how we use it is completely up to us. I know Shari had “things to do” “dreams to experience” “goals to achieve” … she shared these with me; she prodded others to “step up” to the challenges of life at work, at home, in their families, etc., she lived a full and productive life, she was not expecting the World she was creating and loved so much to come to such an abrupt end … but as it turned out for her and will so for all of us … she heard these fateful words, “It’s Time.”
You are alive, it’s your time to create the World you wish to live in, that you wish to provide for those you love, it’s the only time you have – now!