Time, That Ageless Riddle…



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My father loved time, he once told me that the most precious thing we could ever waste in life is time. He implored me to spend my time wisely on worthy causes, on things that give joy to me as a person, and I’ve adhered to his advice, as a result, my life is rich and fulfilling. When he passed away two years ago, his words still echo in my mind, and now I realised why he valued time so much.

Time is, and will always be a riddle. We can’t own it but we can use it wisely. How are you spending your time? Are you spending it in love? Or in anguish, hatred and discontentment?  Are you filling your days with laughter or sorrow? As we age, we reflect on days gone by, in the midst of our reflections, let’s be mindful of our time, and I think we would live it well.



Finley Peter Dunne had a saying that, ‘the past always looks better than it was. It’s only pleasant because it isn’t there.’ I disagreed with his assertion. In the past, my dad lives, in the present, he’s gone. I’ve made peace with that because he’s safe with God, however, there are moments I still want to kiss his cheeks and hear him call my name. Time claimed my dad, as it would claim us at one time or another.

I love how Horace Mann puts it, ”Lost-yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever.” My dad left this earthly realm when I least expected, however, he left me with wisdom beyond my years.

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Today, I watched a new documentary by Morgan Freeman called ‘The Story Of God.’ Freeman explored the afterlife and why human beings are keen to be immortal. To me, my dad is immortal, he lives on in my breath, my thoughts and my actions. He lives on in the memories of those men and women that aren’t even related to him, and I guess when we positively touch the lives of others, we would live on in their memories whether we are alive or dead.

Our time in this part of heaven is limited, we can’t help it but we can make our lives count by being selfless and loving.

Still thinking of you Peter Nelson… Adieu, dad!

My Dad

I hope everyone would have a wonderful week ahead!

Much love, always. 🙂

37 comments on “Time, That Ageless Riddle…

  1. FCEtier says:

    “Time, time, time, see what’s become of me,
    While I look around for my possibilities.” — Paul Simon

    Enjoyed your blog!

  2. Seyi, such meaningful words! We are both spirit and flesh, and as Christ rose with the new body, and your Dad has joined him I believe, we shall also join him in our new spiritual bodies! Love you dear sister and thanks for sharing this gem!

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks Wendell. your words brought tears of joy to eyes! I knew dad is with Christ in heaven, and that thought only kept me hopeful that in time, I would also experience that resurrection. I appreciate your kindness, I am very grateful.

  3. reocochran says:

    Seyi, your father has beautiful, soulful eyes which show wisdom and kindness shining from within. I also miss my Dad, who I lost when he was only 69. The memories and Love won’t be ever forgotten!

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks Robin, I’m so sorry about your dad. The pain lessens with time, mine had only been gone two years and sometimes, it felt like it just happened. I echo your words, ‘The memories and Love won’t be ever forgotten!’
      I appreciate your visit my friend!

  4. Clanmother says:

    Profound memories!!!💛💛💛

  5. Ste J says:

    Wonderful tribute and a good point about time as well. So many people just sat watching TV when they could be doing things and filling their time rather than doing nothing and regretting it later. As the excellent Smashing Pumpkins sung (and accompanied by the visually fantastic video of) Tonight Tonight:

    Time is never time at all
    You can never ever leave without leaving a piece of youth
    And our lives are forever changed
    We will never be the same

  6. Do we ever realize the joy and the gift of time on this earth? Your blog reminded all of us to stop and realize how precious every moment is.

  7. Your father was a wise man, Seyi. Beautiful tribute to his memory. ❤

  8. beautiful post as well as inspiring ❤

  9. JC says:

    Seyi!!! Many hugs to you 🙂


  10. How lovely. What a testament to your dad. The quotes are thought-provoking; an hour indeed is set with “sixty diamond minutes.” But I believe that time is relative. We have the power to go back and forward in time, which sometimes we do in our dreams. And I believe you’re correct: your dad is with you and within your breath, thoughts and actions.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      You’re right, time is relative, dreams are particularly refreshing time spent in a surreal world.
      I’m grateful for your visit, hope you’ll be back.

  11. A powerful tribute Seyi Sandra, life is too short to be bothered about trivial things. Your dad lives on, and I’m sure he’s proud of you in heaven. You encourage people to stay true to their faith, never tiring of believing the best of humanity.

    It’s a pleasure been your friend and colleague!

    Christy Nelson

  12. Marko says:

    Nice and warm greetings from Poland

  13. Kourtney Heintz says:

    I completely agree with you and your dad. I can make more money, but I can never make more time. That’s why I find late people so impossible to deal with. They waste my most precious thing: time.

  14. Time is, as we realize as we age, our most precious commodity. One of the most upsetting phrase I hear people say is “I’ve got to kill some time.” The though of killing something so dear is criminal!
    I send you sad understandings if your feelings about your Dad. I’m sure you have many happy memories, and I suggest that you allow them to see you through feeling so sad.

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