Archive for October, 2011

Just in time?

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

How often have you heard the phrase “I was just in time” or “I ran out of time..”?  They are so common place that we scarcely give them any thought.  I have written before about the concept that the only time you can make a change is Now; the past has already gone and the future isn’t here yet.  The reason for this blog is that I have been aware that it has been a long while since I have written and whilst it is true that my personal circumstances have had much to do with that, it is more complex than that.  I rather think I am ‘out of time’ at present.  That is not to say I don’t have enough time, quite the reverse.  I’m out-of-time in the sense that I am not very present in the present.  This particularly odd for me as I am a vey ‘present tense’ kind of person. 

I’m certainly not living in the past, that feels like it is a very,very long time ago.  Nor am I living really in the future, as that is only glimpsed dimly, as if through a fog.  But, oddly, nor am I fully present, in the present; it is like my life is stuck in a traffic jam on the way to somewhere important.  I can’t go backwards, I don’t control my forward motion either so I must merely wait…

I mention all this not to bore you with my personal life, but rather as a little warning as it is my observation that many people fall into the trap of not living or working in the present and everything good is going to happen tomorrow.  If you do not act today, then tomorrow will be much the same or at the very least someone else will control what happens then.

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”  Carl Sandburg

“We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch.”  John F Kennedy