Just a gentle reminder, Time Changes Everything.

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Time changes everything, this much I can guarantee. Spend a little with me.

Often when I hear someone ask what the cost of any given product is I leave the dollars behind. My mind immediately goes to the hours and days of a life given the pursuit of all of our necessities. If in fact necessities is a good word. Like you, I like nice things and a very cozy life. Like you I look for more hours in the day. The decades teach us that time is the ultimate luxury, one of the precious few things money cannot buy.

Years ago I listened as a client told me a story. She was now past 70, still beautiful and gracious, even though fighting an auto immune disease. She shared that life had been so sweet and good, and how she had taken a job in her late twenties to help buy a refrigerator for her growing family. Well what happened next was another purchase then another and then a career where there had once been a homemaker. Four sons grew up, a family matured and flew from the nest. Still she worked on, ever wondering what the real price of that refrigerator had been.  Retirement moved them from the Chicago suburbs to northwest Arkansas. She was not bitter, she was wise. She was telling a young family man with a business a cautionary tale.

Only now, a few decades later does it start to sink in. Think carefully about the trades you want to make with your precious time. I rise to see the sun crest the trees, back lighting the view with 10,000 shades of green. I stop to smell the roses and touch them too, so the scent will linger in my hand. I require less and enjoy more. I wait anxiously for the new blossoms of springtime, more so with every passing year. I look into the eyes of those I love and I want so want to say grab life and hold on, drink it, taste it, revere it. The meter is running and time changes everything.

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Malcolm Johnston
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Charles, in 2005 I had a massive heart attack and was very close to passing away, I was in intensive care for 2 weeks. At the time I was 38 and I remember being filled with so much regret about all the things I would miss. I promised myself that if I got through, I would never take life for granted. Despite slipping in a few ways, i have learned to appreciate many of the things that I had previously taken for granted.

Jul 19, 2011 07:34 AM #21
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Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
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Malcolm. I'm so glad you are here to tell the story my friend. I dedicate this post to you!

Jul 19, 2011 09:46 AM #22
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Charles Edwards Bentonville
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David, Thank you. Yep, that's me in that picture.

Jul 19, 2011 11:47 AM #24
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Jane Peters
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Very thoughtful post, Charles.  Depressing but thoughtful.  And so true.

Jul 19, 2011 05:40 PM #25
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Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
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Hello Jane, It can be depressing or it can be liberating. After passing that 50 yr mark I was inspired to look my schedule over much more carefully. Several past activities did not make the cut. That is a good thing.

Jul 20, 2011 12:47 AM #26
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Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
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Charles - this is a great reminder to us all to slow down and get our priorities in place.  Children will not wait to grow up until we have time.  Loved ones may not always be waiting until we have a little time to spend with them.  Friends will drift away....while we are working to pay for our "refrigerator".  Thank you for posting this today!

Jul 20, 2011 01:27 AM #27
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Doug Anderson
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Charles, once again you express some great thoughts. I have been self employed for the vast majority of my life. There are always ups and downs but I look back with no regrets. I enjoy being an active participant in the family and, even if work is nuts, I always try to take the time to be involved with my little ones and their growth experiences.

Jul 20, 2011 05:27 PM #28
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Joan Cox
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Charles, you give you such great posts in which to think about what we have around us is so precious!  Thanks for sharing your powerful story.

Jul 21, 2011 03:18 PM #29
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What an encouraging exhilerating post!  You so eloquently state in precise words the thoughts and conversation that Don and I have on a regular basis. 

I do hope the lady that went to work to buy the refrigerator still made time for those children and had a good family life.  I measure the steps it's going to take to accomplish the things that I want to accomplish.  It's more about time these days than it is anything else. 

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Jul 22, 2011 02:07 PM #30
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Joan Whitebook
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I require less and enjoy more. I wait anxiously for the new blossoms of springtime, more so with every passing year. I look into the eyes of those I love and I want so want to say grab life and hold on, drink it, taste it, revere it. The meter is running and time changes everything.  -- This is so true.. what an inpirational post  - thanks so much for reminding us what is important.

Jul 22, 2011 02:12 PM #31
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
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Charles, Charles, Charles...so poignant. I am glad that you are not at death's door discovering the meaning of life when it's too late. That woman gave you a great gift.

I have always been ODD in that I would write poetry to God, ask him why he communicated with the trees and heard them and yet he didn't hear me...I will stop and pick up a salamander that is slowly trying to make its way across the road (because I want it to live!) I have a dear friend who collects rosaries and rocks. She displays them both in completely different places in her home, but that kind of art is precious.

Life is precious. I'm grateful that someone like you knows that and shares it so eloquently.

Jul 22, 2011 04:29 PM #32
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Richard Strahm
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How beautifully written!  While we all need to stop and smell the roses -- you line about touching them so the scent lingers really hit home.

Jul 25, 2011 02:17 AM #33
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Charles Edwards Bentonville
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Richard, Thank you. Life is so good and roses are to be celebrated for sure.

Jul 25, 2011 07:22 AM #34
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Charles Edwards Bentonville
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Gayle, I get it. Life is to be revered and appreciated. Take nothing for granted. While not Catholic I do love Rosaries. I hope my every breath is a prayer.

Jul 25, 2011 07:25 AM #35
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Charles Edwards Bentonville
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Joan, Thank you, I hope you are doing well. I know summers in New England are very beautiful.

Jul 25, 2011 07:26 AM #36
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Judi, Thank you, from my heart in northwest Arkansas to yours in southeast Oklahoma.

Re-blog anytime if you'd like is my rule. I'm glad you enjoyed it and suggested it.

Jul 25, 2011 07:29 AM #37
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Charles Edwards Bentonville
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Joan Cox, it is a true story told to me my a dear friend. It was my pleasure to know her.

Doug, Thank you kind sir. I appreciate you.

Barbara H. Thank you. Kind words are a healing balm you know.

Jul 25, 2011 07:33 AM #38
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Joshua Zargari
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A beautiful photo.

Jul 26, 2011 01:02 AM #39
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Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Grants Pass, OR - Bend, OR
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A true Wow my friend... and so elegantly told by someone with a heart of gold.  Capturing the true meaning of life, at an age where it can still be enjoyed, is absolutely precious.  YOU are seriously in the midst of an awesome life Charles... don't trade it, exchange it or sell it at any price!  Keep it, cherish it and continue to preserve it by penning your thoughts here daily.  You're words are like a fine wine we want to drink... so keep whetting our appetite.  It's a good life!  

Jul 30, 2011 05:11 AM #40
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Charles Edwards Bentonville
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Mel, that is high praise. Thank you, I feel the same about you!

Joshua Z. Thank you .

Jul 30, 2011 09:15 AM #41
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