To quote an old joke, "Life is like a roll of toilet paper; the closer to the end the faster it goes." And so another year has slipped into the record books, and it is hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that I will be 70 years old this year. I can't claim any longer to middle-aged, and various aches and pains remind me that physical parts wear out. I also recall a famous quote attributed to Albert Einstein who tired of trying to explain his theory of relativity.
“When you sit with a nice girl for two hours you think it’s only a minute, but when you sit on a hot stove for a minute you think it’s two hours. That’s relativity.”
Indeed time is sacred. It is one of the reasons Jews believe the Sabbath to be holy. If a day is not set aside to worship God and behave differently than the rest of the week, then every day is the same. Also, time can not be saved up like money, artwork, or any other physical object. Once it is gone, well it's gone, and cannot be replaced.
Many discover this too late in life. Another quote ascribed to a Cardiologist goes like this," No one ever went to their grave wishing they had spent more time at work." Perhaps because everything is so familiar to us as we age that it seems to goes faster. I don't know but the more repetitive things I do the faster time seems to go so maybe there is truth in that.
There is value and wisdom in the 12-step addiction programs when they say "One day at a time," or "first things first." The goal here is to live in the now and not be a slave to the past or absorbed by the future. I am likely misquoting the next saying but it I remember it like this: "Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is unknown. Thus we only have today and that is why it is called 'present.'"
A nice gift indeed if we can only live by this credo.