What Does Time Feel Like?

Eighteen years ago… wait, it was last Monday.

That’s a modification of an old joke. When I worked at an ad agency as a young copywriter, I heard a quote from comedian Steven Wright. He spoke in non-sequiturs, a la: “Four years ago… no, it was yesterday.”

I loved the humor, but now I realize the truth: it’s hard to keep up with how far we’ve gotten.

On October 1, eighteen years ago, I became a self-employed copywriter. It doesn’t actually seem like yesterday, but it doesn’t seem like eighteen years ago either.

Most of us probably feel a lot younger than we actually are, yet it’s hard to argue with the date. Or the face in the mirror.

I’m planning to create some videos where I am on camera. But I have noticed that my face doesn’t look quite right. It has eighteen years more age. This confuses me. My external appearance has taken its own personal journey, but my inside has lagged behind.

Often when weeks get confusing, we say things like, “This feels like Friday,” or whatever it feels like. Maybe your Thursday morning actually feels like Tuesday afternoon. Who knows. But time has a sort of “feeling,” it seems.

I usually know where I am – clock-wise – during the day. If I checked to see what time it is, I’d be surprised if I were off by more than 10 minutes. I don’t actually get lost in my day. I have befores and afters that keep me on track – before my walk, after my walk, before lunch, after lunch, etc.

During the day itself, I know where I am. But I might have to remember which day of the week I’m on, or which month this is. I might write a year date wrong. I can lose track of time beyond this moment.

“Give us this day our daily bread,” Jesus prayed. “This is the day the Lord has made,” the Psalmist wrote. “Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your heart,” Hebrews says.

This day is important, and the structure of this day I can understand.

Ecclesiastes 3 tells us that God has put eternity in the human heart. We live in seasons – recognizing something within and something beyond, while living something right now.

On this day there is something you can do – or not do. The right here, right now is what we have. Yes, eternity is in our hearts. Our hands and feet, however, are in today.

If there’s something you would like to do… you’ve been meaning to do… or that you fear you can’t do? What is one small step you can take today to move in that direction?

Enjoy your magnificent journey.

– Minnie Lamberth
The Magnificent Journey
Vol 2, Issue 33

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