As I sit watching the rain clouds move in I realize that time flies more quickly than I realize. "Tempus fugit" (time flies) is a phrase I learned early on in my Latin studies. Yes, I reluctantly studied classical Latin my first two years of college. Why? That's a longer story for another blog post. Suffice it say, I have realized that since the start of the new academic year I have found myself inundated with projects and activities, all legitimate, but all taking away the time I used to use for reflection and blog writing. How did that happen? Why did I allow it to happen?
kayak along life journey
Yes, that is me in the distance. It is moments like these when time does not fly, rather, time seems to stop. Why is it important for us to take time for reflection? For me, it is to re-group and gather my thoughts, but also a time to listen and hear what my God has to say in these quiet moments. It is a time to refocus from the details of life to the bigger picture of what really matters and of what this life's journey is all about. It is in these moments of "stopped time" to realize that life is not about fleeting emotions or possession of things, rather it is about family, love, care and fellowship. Stopping time helps me appreciate what truly is important to acknowledge and appreciate.
How do you "stop time"? We all don't have the ability to kayak on the water, but do we have the ability to sit, close our eyes, and try to clear our mind for at least 10 minutes in the day. While doing this try to focus on an image which is relaxing, or repeat a simple phrase over and over, slower and calmer each time.
Time does fly faster and faster in our modern world; how important is it for us to "stop time"? To what lengths will I go to make this a priority?