I’m taking a page from Paige (Paige Worthy, her real name) and hopping on the NaBloPoMo bandwagon, shooting for a blog post every day. For the uninitiated, NaBloPoMo stands for National Blog Posting Month and is a take on NaNoWriMo, which is National Novel Writing Month. I should be doing NaNoWriMo, but I am opting for NaBloPoMo for a variety of reasons I won’t go into here.
Furthermore, I will continue the copycat trend by blogging about thankfulness. It’s the season of gratitude, and Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. This is the perfect recipe (I hope) for getting me into the habit of posting more often.
I sat here for ten minutes trying to cook up an idea on thankfulness. My mind was blank. I got up to make dinner while thinking about what I am most thankful for… family, friends, health. But it seemed a gross understatement to blog about being grateful for those things. I think we need an entirely new word for that.
Then I looked at those three words and saw instantly a common thread — time. None of these things can be appreciated in the absence of time. Can you give and receive love from your family without committing time to them? No. Can you appreciate the support and company of friends without spending time with them? No. Can you enjoy good health without putting the time in to maintain it? Not if you’re a midlifer, at least.
The more I age, the more precious time becomes in my life. I can remember slow-moving Sunday afternoons in my twenties when there seemed to be just enough time… and maybe a bit too much… to enjoy the day. It has been so long since I haven’t felt the window of time closing on one activity to move on to the next. The pace of my life is frequently abrupt, and I cannot picture it going any faster than it does now. Even when I am waiting impatiently, I think about how my time could be spent doing something else, and I feel the lost opportunity as the minutes pass. When time walks out the door, it’s over. It never comes back.
So, I am launching this month with my thanks for time. I wish I spent it more wisely. Every day I recognize that I don’t manage it as well as I would like or always use it in ways that are productive. But I am very grateful for all that it has given me.