As I walked across the yard this morning the wind whirled around me with a chill that reminded me that today is the first day of fall. I cannot remember a year thus far that has seemed to fly by like this one has flown.
I remember as a child, it seemed that time just crawled by especially when school was in session or I was waiting on something special like a holiday or summer break.
But once I stepped out of childhood and into adulthood, it seemed that the clock went into full speed ahead mode and has not stopped.
I am grateful for each day. I find it harder to pack as much into each one as I once did. It seems as if I turn around and the clocks hands have just rotated so quickly, I wonder how smoke is not expelled by the friction of the rotations.
I am not complaining about being busy. Having many tasks allows us to accomplish much. I think this is one of the objectives we are afforded by our existence. The opportunity if given us to use our time to invest and create things that will benefit or impact others.
Do you use your time wisely? How much of your day is contributed to the world around you? Do you spend time with your family or friends helping them reach their life goals, sharing your wisdom or simply being an encouragement?
Are you creative? Are you using your artistic skills to create works that will uplift others when seen or heard?
We all can get caught up in the routine chores such as clean the house, mow the yard, do the laundry, cook and etc. The key is not to let those tasks take over our lives. Always set aside some time to fit in some of the opportunities that will bring meaning to your life and the world around.
We must work to master the time we are given. It’s fall and three quarters of the year are gone, but there is still time for you to do something that will make this world a better place.
(Randall Franks is an award-winning musician, singer and actor. He is best known for his role as “Officer Randy Goode” on TV’s “In the Heat of the Night” now on WGN America. His latest CD release, “Mississippi Moon,” is by Crimson Records. He is a member of the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame. His latest book is “Encouragers I: Finding the Light.” He is a syndicated columnist for http://randallfranks.com/ and can be reached at email@example.com.)