This Precious Time


cover: This Precious Time. Image of a tree growing from a half globe.

As humans:

We make time for what is important.

We take time for what we need.

We mark time.

We spend time.

And sometimes, time spends and marks us, too.

Our lives are created in bursts of peaks and valleys, incandescent light and velvet darkness. When your life span is less than one hundred years, one decade can feel like an age…

But what of the lives of tortoises?

And what of the lives of fruit flies or bats?

And what of the lives of the stars?

Or this planet on which we revolve, light to dark, tilting toward and away from our singular sun?

Time—like life—is full of paradox. It creates and devours, repels and attracts, and perhaps gives birth to something new….Over time.

So, let us pay attention to a small a slice of time:

How do you feel today?

Or this minute?

What did you accomplish this year?

Or this past decade?

What did you enjoy?

What filled you with wonder?

What engulfed you with anger or sorrow?

How did you live your life in this span?

Did you sing?

Did you dance?

Did you weep?

Did you love?

Did you curl up, seeking warmth?

Did you hold someone else’s hand?

Did you show up for justice?

Did you show up with food or water or cash for those in need?

Did you visit the imprisoned?

Did you lay your body down in the streets with resolve?

Did you tangle the sheets in lust or love?

Did you pray, or sit in silence?

Did you shout?

Did you ask for help when you needed it?

Did you grow something?

Make something?

Confront, destroy, or challenge something?

What have you done with your precious, fleeting, time?

Did you let yourself remember:

You are here, in a body, on a planet, in the midst of ancient stars?

Was it worth it?

Is it worth it?

What will you do?

What might you do?

And why?

 

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