A Question of Time

Posted by - June 14, 2016 | Category: Library


Before I set off chasing my dream, I had a poem pinned to my cubicle wall for more than 7 years. I thought about that poem today. It was while reading about the lives, and the senseless deaths, of those 49 people murdered in Orlando.

People who were just out unwinding at a bar like you do after a long work week.

People like you and me who had stuff to do the next day, and bills to pay, and plans for the future.

People who thought they had more time.

The thing is, we don’t know how much time we have.

Not one of us is guaranteed to make it through the night.

Not one of us can say with any degree of certainty that we’ll wake to see another spin around that great big beautiful sun.

Not one single person.

This post isn’t about gun control or Radical Islam or (and I quote from Twitter here) “at least it was just gays this time and not innocent people” and other anti-LGBT idiocy.

This isn’t about THEM. It’s about US and YOU and ME.

We all need to make the most of the time we have here.

Enroll in that course. Take that trip. Chase that dream.

Say “I Love You” even if you’re scared.

There never is the right time, there is only time. And we can do so much better than spending it bickering and hating and judging.

Those 49 people were robbed of their time on this planet, don’t rob yourself of yours.

Here’s the poem:

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On an ancient wall in China

Where a brooding Buddha blinks

Deeply graven is the message

It is later than you think.

The clock of time is wound but once and no

man has the power,

To tell just when the hand will stop

At late or early hour.

Now is all the time you own

The past a golden link,

Go cruising now my brother

It is later than you think.


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Now go hug your Mom.

Peace. Love. Tolerance.


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4 comments - add one
  1. Once you accept that underlining message that our time here is limited, then the world is your oyster. You will be one of the few without any regrets while lying on their deathbed because you understand that the meaning of life is to pursue your own happiness — whatever it may be.

  2. this made me cry :'( by the way, I was your 1st pinner! Had to save that poem on my INSPIRATION board. So beautiful, so true. I also like a quote by John Lennon, which goes well with this post:

    “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”

    -Maria Alexandra


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