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“Who Knows Where the Time Goes” Judy Collins.

“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”- Dr. Seuss.

I was thinking about time today. I guess a good way to spend it (I was stuck in traffic on the Long island Expressway).  At breakfast in a local coffee shop, I heard a man say to a companion I just don’t have the time to to see my children. Yesterday I heard a patient say he had too much time to kill. Recently, I thought “where did the time go?’ I’ll be sixty-eight in less than two months. I remember, as if were yesterday, summers spent as a elementary school child wondering why everything took so long. I was away in camp and the five weeks of the camping season seemed like an eternity. Today, five-weeks passes in a blink of the eye. My fiftieth birthday was just yesterday, wasn’t it?

For me, time is everything. For James Maddock, the wonderful singer-song writer, “Timing’s Everything.”

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Whether it’s time or timing (As Tony Keys in “Final Shot” says, “time and timing is everything in radio”) it’s still all about time. How you use it, live it, think about it, and most of all how you  embrace and  love it.

Time is a factor in therapy. Therapist who have mindfulness training or gestalt therapy training ( I have both) help people stay in present time. You’ve all heard about the fifty-minute hour (now inflation adjusted 45-minutes). Time is spoken about often. Going back in time to remember an important emotional event. a trauma, a heroic deed, a love affair, a betrayal. For all of us time is running out, for some the end of time on this plane is felt more urgently. How will you spend your time? How will you spend your remaining time? Tell us what time means to you. Tell us your hopes and dreams about future time. Tell us how you’d like to heal the wounds you carry in the present about past time. And speaking of pastime, how do you pass the time? Does it satisfy? And if not, talk to us about it and perhaps we’ll have some answers. There it is, TIME and TIME IS EVERYTHING!

Here are a few more songs about time:

“Time the Conquerer”–Jackson Browne

“Time and Time Again” Counting Crows

“Nick of Time” Bonnie Raitt


6 thoughts on “TIME IS EVERYTHING

  1. Time. I’d trade all the money and my material possessions to know I had more time on this gorgeous and crazy planet. But alas, I think I’m entering the last stage of my illness. So everyday is precious to me as I try to stay in the moment and ring out every last bit of life. Please play the Rolling Stones “Time is on Your Side.”

  2. To paraphrase Kipling: If you can fill the unforgiving minute with 60 seconds’ worth of distance run…then you are a man…Rolling Stones’ grossly underrated “Out of Time” is SO to the point…

  3. In an email from Sharon
    Dear Dr. Ike,

    I thought I was so smart. I retired early a few months ago and my husband will follow me next Spring. The plan is for me to stay home and muck out six family’ s possessions here in his ancestral home and then next year we will move to a less expensive state. While both of his parents are deceased, both of mine are not and my mother lives 90 minutes away from the area we will move to. In between muckings, I have been daydreaming about us taking her and her husband and my sister who lives with them out for regular Sunday brunches. Well, it is not going to be that way. Today the call came that Ma had to go to the hospital and from there will have to go to a Skilled Nursing Facility and most likely will not be able to be rehabilitated to ever return to her home. I waited to long. I am kicking myself. Why oh why did I not retire sooner? I guess a bright spot to it, is that once we move I will be able to visit her there more frequently than I would have had we stayed here or moved to a different locale for retirement. Time, time, time…..ever notice how the really important stuff in life like good health, love and happiness and enough time can not be bought? You can have money to burn and you still end up cold.

  4. In an email from Sherry R.
    Dear Dr. Ike,

    There are many wonderful and wise quotes about time. My fave is a Pennsylvania Dutch expression: “We grow alt (old) too soon and schmart too late!
    If I knew when I was young what my years have taught me the world would be my oyster! Thanks for a great topic. Your fan, Sherry R. in Lititz, PA.

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