December 1, 2016
The older I get, the faster times seems to go by. It feels as though things just got underway, and yet here we are at the end of November; a term of work is completed, a third of our school year is under our belts and Advent is upon us again. There are any number of old and new adages about time: time flies when you are having fun, time and tides waits for no one, time is money etc. Many contain kernels of wisdom, but none really capture time’s character.
When we are young, it can seem to take an eternity for time to pass. Waiting for birthdays and Christmases can be excruciating. Looking forward to new adventures and privileges- transitioning to high school, learning to drive, getting a first job- can seem unreachable. At some point most children will bemoan their situation, saying that they can’t wait until they grow up.
Once you are “grown up” your perspective changes, though. Certainly you still look forward to milestone events, but one becomes more keenly aware in retrospect of all that has already happened. Those same birthdays and Christmases come and go at an alarming rate. Watching children grown from a babe to toddler to teen brings this awareness into sharp focus. Parents often reflect on this process as we go through the events of the school year. Recently one mom said she went to put the Christmas Concert in her calendar, only to remember that her youngest is in grade seven, past the stage for concerts (pardon the pun).
One thing for certain, there isn’t much you or I can do to slow the passage of time. All we can do is make the most of the time we have. Looking to the future or reminiscing about the past, while good in small doses, can take us away from the moment we have right now. Hopefully this season of Advent provides each of us with time to think about how we want to spend the great gift of time we have been given. The feast of Christmas will come and go in a blink of an eye, but here’s hoping its rich traditions allow for reconnecting with family and friends in the moments it provides.
Have a blessed Advent!
P.S. For a neat take on how time flies visit: