Thursday, 26 September 2013

Time after time

My mind has been turning over the concept of time lately.  

The last two weeks have given me cause to ponder just how strange and constantly changing our perceptions of time can be.

Those five days my husband spent away felt like fifteen.

Though, that same week my Mum was here and it went by in a flash.

Six hours of sleep is no where near long enough, but that episode of Power Rangers Samurai I watched with the kids sure felt that long!

Of course, two and a half hours of splashing in a pool feels like no time at all.

Getting the kids to finally make their beds can take all day.

Add to all this that the twentieth of September marked five years since our little family packed up and moved to the Territory...  (My eldest is missing from the photo below.  He moved up a week after us following a holiday with family in Melbourne) 
 
That has gone ever so fast, and yet, there are so many signs of its passing.  Two new babies have joined our family and they've all grow so very quickly - one of our boys is now an adult.  

We have slowly come to realise that the two years of temporary relocation has become a new home and a new place to build our memories and family traditions.  

At the same time I'm conscious of not wasting my time fretting over the past, nor spending it all planning the future- both of which I'm want to do, oh too frequently.

My mulling over all of these relative concepts led to a search to find others who can express it all better than me.

George Harrison said,
"It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one."
I'm trying to focus on the here and now.  To be present in every day moments with my kids.

The incredible Mother Teresa is quoted as saying,
"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."
Beautiful. 

 My favourite, though, comes from this literary genius...

"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

Wherever you are, and however fast it's going, I hope you're taking the opportunity to enjoy it and live the moment.

3 comments:

  1. Ahhh so that quote I shared the other day was very timely. I have been focusing a lot on this this year too. Yoga in the mornings followed by writing down my intentions for the day. Once the kids are in bed I meditate and following on from starting my yoga teacher training at the beginning of the year, I have just started an online mindfulness in education course. Wouldn't it be great if our kids grew up knowing all this!

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    1. You are amazing! And, yes, very timely and I would have included it here if my over-exhausted brain and made the link! I really need to teach my kids some yoga and meditation. I think L especially would benefit enormously. S x

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  2. So glad I found your fb page and your blog! Territory is such a wonderful place and I am so fortunate to be living here. I find it is much easier to slow down here as it would be living in any other place :)
    To live in a moment; sounds so simple yet takes skill to achieve:-)

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