Problems of the Past by Bill Storie
I was reading Bob Lowry’s thought-provoking article last night on Olderhood.com entitled “Will all this matter a few years from now?”
Bob always seems to hit the right note on most subjects.
So, his theme was that in time to come will we be bothered about stuff we did today, good or bad? He argues that as we age the things we worry about will work themselves out usually, but not always.
He said, “the only thing that we absolutely affect is the now. Excessive worry about what lies in the future is wasted energy. Will it all matter a few years from now?”
And it made me think about time the word, and time the concept. Deep huh?
You see, we take time as something that happens, something that rolls along, and while we check our watch hoping it’s knocking off time, or bed time, or dinner time etc., the reality is that we never stop and think about what time means to us.
Take an odd example.
If you are sitting down reading this marvelous epistle and then stand up, go to the kitchen for a drink and come back, what has occurred?
Simply the fact that your little journey to the kitchen at that precise point in time will NEVER be repeated. Sure, you will be seated again and go to the kitchen again and think nothing of it, but the fact is that the exercise you have just completed is now in the past. Time has moved on.
In other words, time is a strange phenomenon. You’ve heard the phrase “this too shall pass”. What that means is that whatever happened to you will – over time – fade into the past, both in time and in your mind. Obviously if you have suffered a life-changing event then it may take some time for you to recover.
But what intrigued me about Bob’s observations is that when we think back to earlier years and we recall, perhaps vaguely, things that happened to us, or were caused by us, that were critically important and worrying at that time – but today we can’t fully recall the entire picture of the event, who was in it, what was said, what we said, what we felt. Nothing. It’s a blur.
I am certain there are many situations in everyone’s past that we have forgotten about completely, yet they happened.
In other words, if we had known back then how the issue would be resolved, and most times it was resolved satisfactorily, then why did we worry so much back then?
We worried because we couldn’t predict the future. We could pray, we could hope, we could guess, but we had no idea how it would turn out. Then time moved along. The next day it was slightly easier in our mind. Other opinions had been received. Other people had weighed in on the issue and helped. Things started to change. The next again day it was less critical. Important, but not as critical. And so on, until today when you can barely remember much, if anything, about it.
So, what’s the point?
You can’t turn the clock forwards. You can’t turn the clock backwards. You can’t even turn the clock back to the fabulous breakfast you had this morning. You simply must live today, take one day at a time, plan if you wish, but until the time comes to go to your grandson’s birthday party, you can’t do anything but wait.
The time will come when it comes, and there is nothing you can do to hurry it along. So be patient and cherish each day as it comes.
And of course, you must ALWAYS take the time to stop and smell the flowers!
By Bill Storie