Please do not doubt that I have plenty to say, but these are some pertinent observations.
The “writer inside me” compels me to record the following:.
- “We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; in feelings, not in figures on a dial.” Philip James Bailey, Festus
- Somehow, that translation of Time speaks to me when I review my life. It encourages me to realize I am not in a battle with Time, but rather I am living in an accumulation of deeds, thoughts and feelings that are not dictated by the years I have left. I believe each of us might be more satisfied with life were we to look at our life in review using that criteria.
- “Indifferent to the affairs of men, time runs out, precise, heedless, exact and immutable in rhythm.” Erwin Sylvanus, Dr. Korczak and the Children.
- Truly, that quote sums up my thoughts of this milestone: Indifferent to the affairs of men (or women), Time runs out. I consider that I am not the thumb on the stopwatch; I am the runner in pursuit of another step. Yet I do believe, with all my heart that when the Time runs out, it is over. No bargaining, no purchasing of another day; simply the knowledge that Time runs out. This is probably the one function of Time that I do understand. I am however comforted by a belief system which includes the unwavering “knowledge” that there is life after death which is a whole new and different discussion of “Time”.
- I would not be a credible writer if I did not summarize my thoughts of Time, the end of Time and compare it with the ‘written word’ concerning Time.
- The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another, and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is, with what he vowed to make it. J. M. Barrie, The Little Minister.
- “Having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obligated by better information, or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise.” Benjamin Franklin.
- I do not make New Year’s Resolutions, but rather choose to adopt an “attitude of mindset” for the New Year. So in 2016, as I did in 2012, I begin with this quote in mind, I chose: “Open to change in the Time I have left” and do it while humming, “Blessed Assurance.”