Is time your enemy or your friend?

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Sometimes statements or concepts I hear repeatedly over the years suddenly come to mean something new to me and when they do, wow! My life is set on edge, but in a good way.

I was listening to a podcast the other day focused on the concept of stress and anxiety in the workplace and in our private lives. The statement, “We oftentimes declare time to be our enemy when we have so very much to do and so little time in which to do it” came up and suddenly, a new perspective about time settled within my thoughts and within my heart, which made me boldly declare out loud:

Time is my very good friend, because I still have time.

That was it – very simple – but I know the reason for that revelation came about because as of January 24, 2019, my extraordinary sister-in-law, Wendy, no longer had time at her disposal. I know Wendy wanted more time to spend with her husband, three adult children, her sisters and brothers, her good friend Gary who also happened to be her boss, and so many other people she cherished, and who cherished her. But through no fault of her own, decades of life were stolen from her by the ugly injustice of cancer.

I cared for my sister-in-law greatly. I choose to honor her by respecting the time with which I have been gifted, just as Wendy so beautifully spent the time given her.

Won’t you do the same?



4 thoughts on “Is time your enemy or your friend?

    Jill Weatherholt said:
    March 9, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Such a beautiful tribute to your sister-in-law. Her passing is a reminder to us all that every second of our life should be treated as a gift. My prayers are with your family, Irene.

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      Irene Olson responded:
      March 9, 2019 at 6:17 pm

      Thank you, Jill. We don’t realize how final death is until we lose someone so precious.

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    Irene Olson responded:
    March 8, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Thank you for saying so, Theresa. It has been a tough, eye-opening loss for the entire family.


    Theresa Hupp said:
    March 8, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    What a wonderful tribute. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you mourn Wendy.

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