"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."
As we come to the end of another year and think about New Year's Resolutions the subject of "time" immediately comes to mind. For me the above quotation from Carl Sandburg seems to succinctly sum up the predicament that each of us as human beings face each and every day. How do we spend the precious gift of time that we have been given? As the short piece in the wiki states "Time has been a major subject of religion, philosophy, and science" throughout the ages. There seems to be no cut and dried answer to the weighty and deeply philosophical question of how to spend the relatively short amount of time that each of us has on this earth. I suppose that ultimately it is up to each person to try and figure it out. Hopefully, the older we get the better we are at managing our time.
Given all of the noise, activity, gadgets and obligations that people have to deal with in this day and age I suspect that many of us never really pause and take the time to seriously ponder this subject. I am sure that if we did quite a few of us would make significant changes in our lifestyles. Imagine if each one of us took just 30 minutes each day to reach out and touch those people in our lives who need our encouragement, advice and companionship. Talk about changing the world! When you actually do stop and think about it these people are really quite easy to identify. Perhaps you could offer to do grocery shopping for an elderly neighbor. Maybe you could make that overdue phone call to your parents or perhaps visit an aunt or uncle who would be thrilled to see you. Imagine how much your "Thinking of You" card and note would brighten the day of an elderly acquaintance or relative living in a nursing home. Maybe it's been awhile since you attended one of your childrens Little League games or dance recitals. You hate like hell to cancel your golf game to go but deep down inside you know it is the right thing to do. Then there is the matter of volunteering some of your valuable time to your church or to a civic organization or charity that could really utilize the skills that you have to offer. The possibilities are endless but if we never take the time to think about these things we will likely never act. There is an old saying that goes something like this: "the smallest deed is better than the greatest intention." Amen!
In the motion picture "Star Trek: Generations"Patrick Stewart makes the following observation: "Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived." So when I think about my New Years Resolutions this year I am going to vow to make much better use of my time. I can think of no better way to kick off the New Year.
They say time is money and anyone who helps others save time has the potential to earn the currencies of the world. Totally true though how significant that is is up to each individuals. We cannot control time although we can control the way we use our time. What is more significant though is how limited we have of this commodity which we call time. The recent earthquakes illustrate that. The recent sicknesses we have had illustrate that. Although … more
We may squander away the money and we see the aftereffects. With time though, it simply slips by, bit by bit, day by day, until one day when we finally realized how much time has gone by. Oh no, it's too late then! We missed all those opportunities. It's been said "We are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss"... We lose time, we lose opportunities, and we lose our chance to define ourselves right! It's time to take stock of time. Real important, must remember this … more
I guess I would qualify as a frustrated writer. My work requires very little writing and so since 1999 I have been writing reviews on non-fiction books and anthology CD's on amazon.com. I never could … more
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Time is a component of the measuring system used to sequence events, to compare the durations of events and the intervals between them, and to quantify the motions of objects. Time has been a major subject of religion, philosophy, and science, but defining it in a non-controversial manner applicable to all fields of study has consistently eluded the greatest scholars.
In physics as well as in other sciences, time is considered one of the few fundamental quantities. Time is used to define other quantities – such as velocity – so defining time in terms of such quantities would result in circularity of definition. An operational definition of time, wherein one says that observing a certain number of repetitions of one or another standard cyclical event (such as the passage of a free-swinging pendulum) constitutes one standard unit such as the second, is highly useful in the conduct of both advanced experiments and everyday affairs of life. The operational definition leaves aside the question whether there is something called time, apart from the counting activity just mentioned, that flows and that can be measured. Investigations of a single continuum called spacetime bring questions about space into questions about time, questions that have their roots in the works of early students of natural philosophy.
Among prominent philosophers, there are two distinct viewpoints on time. One view is that time is part of the fundamental structure of the universe, a dimension ...