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Time has innumerable facets that go beyond the human construct it provides for us to manage our lives. I’ve always had difficulty holding onto my understanding of ideas such as “space-time” or “light-years” but here on earth, time has always had a mysterious and intriguing quality.
Our thoughts are guided by many aspects of time. I often say to myself that I don’t have enough time. Or that it takes too much time to accomplish something. Or that time seems to pass so slowly, or that it races by at warp speed.
Time weaves through some of our days like a close friend; at other times, it seems to darken our days like our worst enemy. We can’t count on time, because it marches along relentlessly, regardless of our needs or desires for it. It answers to its own drummer, consistent and predictable, and we do our best to manage it, but somehow it streams independent of our expectations. We think we have enough time to do something, and time runs out. Or we wish for a reasonable amount of time for decisions to be made, trying to be patient and reasonable. But our hopes for time in our life, and the hopes and actions of others, often decide whether time will cooperate with us or defy us. It is impossible to predict or control time precisely, no matter how we try, because others often have the last word about time’s passing.