No Time Like the Present
Our world is so saturated with the awareness of time, it is difficult to imagine life not guided by clocks, watches, and other guardians of time. We talk about personal time, down time, time off, saving time or wasting time, say time is money, and sing “If I could save time in a bottle…” We have become enslaved by a concept we created and the resulting emotional pressure can be tremendous.
It is important to remember that time is only a measure of what has passed. Calendars are more like soothsayers than you realize, because we cannot measure something that has not come into existence yet. It’s true we can plan for it, but we cannot be positive it will occur until the moment arrives. Time can only be accurately measured by looking back, not forward.
Our lives are moments that come and go like drops of water falling into a cup. Each one unique and yet the same as all the rest, much of what passes goes unnoticed and is missed only when it become irretrievable. In essence, we only have control over time when we are inside the moment — before it arrives and after it is gone, we can no longer influence the action within the moment. Therefore, each moment is an opportunity to bring about change.
Right now, as you read these words, you have the power to make change in your life. No matter what sort of action you take, this is the moment to make it happen. Planning towards a day when everything falls in place and looking back in regret at not seizing opportunities, will not make change. Change is in the now and you control the now.
C.Reed Weber has been writing since she first discovered an unguarded pencil and continues today as a freelance journalist and grant writer. Living Beyond the Worst has been adapted from Happy Thoughts, a collection of email columns she wrote for friends and family during 2008-2009. Weber is currently working on developing Happy Thoughts into a book. You can purchase mini-volumes of Happy Thoughts from her Etsy site.