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“Time Is On My Side”*?

September 20, 2016

Or is it?

You’re walking in a park and you see an old man quietly sitting on a bench alone in thought, perhaps he’s 90 or more.  What do you think he is thinking about?

None of us knows how much time we were given or we have left, but certainly someone of his age knows that his days are indeed numbered.

Is he thinking about the past.  If so, is it about regrets and woulda, coulda, shoulda…..?   Or is he thinking about the past with pride in what he accomplished for the good with his time?

Is he thinking about loved ones still here and some not and the love he gave and had?

Is he thinking about the time he has left?  Is he thinking about that with fear?  Or does he say to himself, “If I’m still here, then I’m still needed, so what good can I do with the time left”?

At ninety-one the great cellist Pablo Cassals was asked why he still practiced, he said “because I am making progress”

“If you won’t be better tomorrow then you were today, what do you need tomorrow for?” — Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

“What grows never grows old.”   —   Noah Benshea

“Most of us go to our graves with our music still left inside of us”. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

What you think he is thinking about, is probably what you think about, no matter your age.  So ask yourself, which set of thoughts will lead to a more productive use of  your time left and hence lead to more happiness and joy.

“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” – Sam Levenson

Time is the most precious non-renewable resource of all

Heart and Soul

*Rolling Stones



6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 31, 2019 7:44 am

    A great reminder that where we choose to let our mind take us is usually where we go…except when we get there we often wonder how we got there….and why! Since this instant is the only time there is, mindfulness enables us to choose our thoughts. Choose wisely.

  2. Jocko permalink
    September 20, 2016 7:05 am

    Thank you Fred. Now, in my 70th trip around the sun, I sometimes begin to worry about all that I haven’t done. And then, something intrudes–like this teaching, and I get enthusiastic about all the chances I’ll have on this Tuesday to be my best self. Best, Uncle Jock

    • Fred Fox permalink
      September 20, 2016 7:14 am

      I got chills reading your comment! Thanks so much!

  3. steve h permalink
    September 20, 2016 7:03 am

    For me, I have to force myself to simply STOP. Then I’m in the moment, where I’m supposed to be. Absolutely agree with the Rebbe Nachman quote.

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