When I read this prompt, all I could think of was this old “Twilight Zone” episode…I’m sure many of you know it…”Time Enough at Last.” I cry every time I see it. If you haven’t, here is the link. It takes about 25 minutes of your time.
Time is a constraint, it keeps us on a leash, it is a one-way street. There’s seemingly never enough time to do the things we enjoy, and when we are doing chores, it crawls by as if to stop. But it doesn’t stop, it doesn’t slow. It’s just our perception. William Penn has been quoted as saying “Time is what we want most but what we use worst.” I agree with that. Often, I see some time in my schedule, and I think, “Oh, that is when I could…” and then that block of time arrives and passes, and that thing I meant to do during that period is still undone. What happens? I get sidetracked reading a book or perusing blogs, or “arranging” stuff, or just “looking up that one thing on the internet.” I find that the internet is indeed the cause of time loss in many cases. It’s enticing, tempting, it’s like a box of chocolates, (as Forrest Gump would say), because you never know what you’re going to get. Pinterest, YouTube, WordPress, the list goes on and on…
I have this blog, here, and I am a little bit addicted to it; I like to post things because it’s exhilarating to make connections with people in this way, to hopefully be a bright spot in someone’s day, and to feel appreciated for my humble thoughts. Yes, it’s like chocolate! I love reading all the blogs I follow, finding great writers “out there” with whom I can actually interact, it’s amazing! I find ideas, poetry, yes, friends, “here” (whatever “here” really means), but I also have people who are actually “here” and who need “actual” attention (as opposed to “virtual” attention). But the cool part, now, is that I sometimes get to mix “virtual here” and “actual here.” In fact, when we visit France, I will see some people there “en chair et en os” (in the flesh) that until now I have only known through the internet. It is its own kind of magic, really.
As if Skype wasn’t magic enough! Speaking of Skype, and of time, Skype is like time travel in a way. How is it possible to talk to (and even see) someone several time zones away as if they were right in my living room? Even ten years ago I wouldn’t have dreamed of this. And when I was young? No way. I loved “Back to the Future,” “Quantum Leap,” and all sorts of time travel stories, but I had no idea what would be available in just a few short years. In reality, we are all time travelers, but we don’t have a “flux capacitor.” We can only travel at the speed of time, and we can only go forward, never go back, and never stop. That being the case, I just want to see as much as I can of the wonderful things God has put here for us. My quote for “one-liner Wednesday” this week, from G.K. Chesterton, said that a traveler sees what he sees, but a tourist sees what he came to see. Linda wondered which was better? I’m not sure either, but I hope to do both in my journey across time!
This post is part of SoCS. Find this week’s prompt here and join in!http://lindaghill.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-august-1614/