REFLECTIONS ON CHANGE, SPIRITUALITY, BELIEF, FAITH, PRAYER, AND MORE
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Thursday 2/18/10 - "TIME IS LOST"
"TIME IS LOST"
Intriguing picture and thought. '"Time is Lost". I thought about ways to slow the loss. When I slow down from the bustling activities of the day I can reflect on how precious are the moments of my life.
God intervened in my life with the gift of sobriety. He brought me to Alcoholics Anonymous and gave me the strength to not drink one-day-at-a-time. I reached out and took that offered gift. With God's help I was able to stop the constant loss of time. I lost a lot of time in the years I drank. I lost time to fear, anxiety, blackouts and constant thoughts about the next drink.
I frequently hear about freak accidents as I make my rounds visiting hospital patients. Many of the people I visit have come in through the emergency room. One minute they were enjoying nice meals, working around their homes, sleeping soundly - and the next thing, they are in the hospital.
How can I minimize the loss of precious time?
I can "stop and smell the roses". I can slow down, stop running, and allow myself space to enjoy the beauties of life.
Time slows when I am in prayer and meditation.
Keeping my eyes on where my feet are rather than ruminating about the past or projecting into the future seems to stop the swift passage of time.
Reflecting on the many things I am grateful for allows the moments to pass more slowly.
When I stop the busy activity of my day, go over to the tray of candles daughter gave me at Christmas, light each one with a prayer, watch them flicker, snuff them out one at a time, and watch the smoke rise, time seems to stop during that ritual.
Being in nature sitting on my back porch, walking the dog or just stopping for a moment as I go about the outdoor errands of my day slows down time. I look around me at the brilliance of the sunlight, the beauty of the sky, the colors of the flowers and trees, breath in the sweet smell of the air, and feel the breezes caress me.
Listening - really listening to another has a way of changing the passage of time, slowing it down. I don't understand how this happens. I just know it does.
Sitting quietly in church, paying total attention to all that is transpiring allows me to savor each moment longer. It stretches out time.
Food for thought! How do you prevent the loss of time?
God bless and please remember to go to Karen's prayer blog during Lent to pray for her daughter. Thank you.
Prayer Girl (Photo credit: Time is lost by firstname.lastname@example.org)
I'm sober in AA since July 5th 1985, and a grateful member of Alanon since November 2004.
I joined the "blogosphere" in September, 2008.
In December 2011 I became a grandmother for the first time and now understand why it's such a big deal. I'm wildly in love again with that little guy.