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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.
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!
I hope everyone would have a wonderful week ahead!
Much love, always. 🙂
“Time, time, time, see what’s become of me,
While I look around for my possibilities.” — Paul Simon
Enjoyed your blog!
Thanks old friend, glad to see you here!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Thanks ma’am! Appreciate your kindness!!
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
Thanks old friend. Dear me, I’ve never heard that song, I’ll head straight to YouTube and listen to it, love the lyrics too. Glad you stopped by, hope you’re having smashing weekend!
It’s a great video as well, I think it’s probably my favourite off the top of my head. The weekend has been very good to me, I hope yours has been the same.
With that lyrics, I’m sure it would be a great video.
My weekend has been great, at least I rested today. Tomorrow, I’m jumping back into the fray…
A rest is always good, it’s never long enough though!
You’re right, it’s never long enough, and I love watching movies on Sundays! So I don’t get enough sleep…
Any ideas on tonight’s movie?
I’m watching a pre-recorded and much loved Avata. I’ve watched it twice but I can’t seem to get enough. 🙂 Then I’ll watch X men Days Of Future Past.
I’ve never seen either of those, could do with some popcorn though!
Avatar was a massive hit when it came out in 2009, it was released by James Cameron. It was an epic science fiction film. I watched it on Film Four then recorded it. X:men Days Of Future Past was released in 2014. I’m eating cake!
Nothing beats cake to beat those pre work blues.
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.
Thanks so much for your kind comment Ronnie, I truly appreciate it. I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend!
Your father was a wise man, Seyi. Beautiful tribute to his memory. ❤
He was, thanks for your kindness Jill, hope you’ll enjoy the rest of your weekend!
beautiful post as well as inspiring ❤
Thanks Bonny, I appreciate your kindness!
Seyi!!! Many hugs to you 🙂
Glad to see you here JC! Thanks, 🙂
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.
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.
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!
Thanks for your thoughtful comment Christy! I appreciate it!! See you soon.
You’re welcome Seyi. 🙂
Nice and warm greetings from Poland
Thanks Marko, so happy you stopped by. Hope you’ll enjoy the rest of your week. 🙂
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.
You’re right Kourtney, I hate time wasters! They’re bores! Glad you stopped by, thanks!!
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.