By Klaus Döring
Many times we are really in too much of a hurry while feeling uncomfortable if we notice how time flies. Yes, my late grandmother was right, when she said: The older you become, the faster time passes by. My late mother told us the same. Yes, I am 68 now. I can only strongly agree with them.
When I was still a teenager, I was longing to be an adult already. Later, I enjoyed listening to my late grandmother (born 1898!) stories such as “Once upon a time” or “When I was young” from her life yesterday’s life.
After a couple of years, especially while observing that time really flies like a rocket to the moon, I also have the same question in mind: Are the present hours and days less valuable?
Of course, each day has its own set of happiness and trials. But it also holds very high possibilities of how we take the initiative to do or to move something, if… Yes, the luring term IF lets us look into the future with an overblown “glistening” eye: IF I will finish my studies – IF my children become adults – IF I might become rich and win in the lottery, yes IF! And then?
Christmas is gone, if you might read this. The next turn of the year is just around the corner. For most of us, it’s time to come to our senses. The future prospects smile at us already. What might the New Year bring us? Is life in the future easier, nicer, more charming and more fulfilled compared to the present or the almost finished 2021? The thoughts fill me with horror, because tragicomic future visions can easily blur away our present day.
A possible topsy-turvy world of a golden youth tries to let us forget that also the past has had its shares of disappointments, pains, tears, darkness, tricky as well as desperate days… yes, lost days, irretrievable time… We dream our impossible dreams from last year, this 2021 to the future and vice versa. We forget that between yesterday and tomorrow is our valuable presence. Well, now well then – if we know how to fulfill this period.
I will be taking a short break from many tasks and appointments. I will be trusting in God, because He takes care of me and my future. Don’t allow the daily hectic and stress of this season kill your senses.