I don’t know about you – but for me this year feels like it’s flying by!
It’s got me thinking about time and our often complex relationship with it.
Time is a funny thing. We might feel like we are wasting time, that it’s flying by us (and we’re struggling to keep up) or that we are running out of it (which is a scary feeling).
We might even feel stuck in time, like life isn’t moving along at all or find ourselves wishing we could turn back time.
As regular readers know, I love a good quote so I thought 12 thought-provoking time quotes would be just the ticket to dig into our feelings on the subject.
Here are my 12 favorite time related quotes looking at time through a few different perspectives. Let’s see which ones you can relate to and what your take on them is.
Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” – William Penn
Let’s start with some straight up honesty. A lot of us (including me) don’t always use our time well or wisely. We often lament about not having enough time but then we use what time we do have badly. Using our time wisely often requires willpower, self-discipline and a big old dose of sacrifice.
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The price of anything is the amount of time you exchange for it.” – Henry David Thoreau
For me, when I read this one I think of work. I think of working in jobs that we hate for money instead of spending time doing what we really want to do.
We buy something without factoring in we have to work 3 days in a job we hate or dislike just to be able to pay for it (and it could be broken or out of favor in a year). This quote reminds me to remember exactly what I am exchanging.
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Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” – Carl Sandburg
It might not be work taking up all of our time but other people and I don’t mean the family dropping over unannounced.
I’m talking about comparison. People don’t have to walk through your front door to take over your time. A LOT of time is wasted on what we think and comparison is probably one of the biggest time wasters of all. While you are focusing on what someone else is doing or has, you aren’t focusing on yourself.
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Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.” – Faith Baldwin
To me this one rings true on two counts. For starters, time certainly changes things whether it be related to our relationships, bodies, careers, interests….you name it.
On the other hand, I see this quote indicating that time is also a healer. Time helps us deal with pain, setbacks and loss. Time alters our perspective on events so they are not as painful.
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Don’t wait the time will never be just right.” – Napoleon Hill
Ahhh waiting for the right time! How many of us have done that? I don’t think there would be too many hands that aren’t up at this point.
Sometimes we wait and wait and wait some more because the time is never just right.
We need to accept that sometimes right enough is all we are going to get and we just have to take a leap of faith and dive in.
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