Marking Time

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Time is one of the most creative of human constructs. It has become such an integral part of our lives that it is easy to forget that it is actually a human construct. The integration of time in the very description of our state is unmistakable; past, present, and future are built into our very syntax. I make no judgment on time and its place in our lives. From when early man first traced the movement of that yellow orb across the heavens to the advent of atomic clocks, time has played a central role in our lives.

I bring up the subject of time as we pass into the New Year full of hope and promise. Looking to the future one cannot help but to venture a guess as to where the New Year will take them; of course it is only a guess. Like the movement on the hands of a thousand grandfather clocks, measure, steady, and persistent we too move forward. Clocks have always represented a bit of reassurance in this regard. Take for instance the carved wood of beautiful Howard Miller Clocks displaying the craftsmanship of generations while the sleek glass hints at the future. It is however the enduring swings of the clocks pendulum that marks the present.

The advent of the clock is merely the physical manifestation of this human construct. More than that is what clocks represent. From the old mantel clocks that we learned to tell time on as a child to the plastic wall clock that hung in the school room marking the minutes until freedom, clocks have always been present. Perhaps by being the makers, not individually but collectively, of the timepieces we are on some level trying to control the passage of time; or the passage of ourselves into time. From controlling fire to rain to time it has taken a proverbial thousand years, alas it is discovered that we may not be able to control time but we can control the events that are marked by time. The clock for 2009 may already be wound but the events are mine.

Comments (5)

Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Danny ~ A very thought provoking post.  I hope to make the most of my time in 2009, because you are right that we can't control time, but we are in control of what we do with it. 

Jan 10, 2009 02:07 PM
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

I learned to tell time on the clock/radio by my bed. I'm can't remember a mantle clock, but eventually my mom got a grandfather's clock.

I liked your last sentence: "The clock for 2009 may already be wound but the events are mine." My marketing guru has basically convinced me that by working my business plan each and every day, persistently and consistently (his words), I could make each and every mine, all mine. Since I met him in 1994, he's been right.

Work each and every day according to your own business plan (some people take off either Saturday or Sunday, take vacations, etc.) and you can create niche markets, micro-economies, and even niche economies that insulate you to a great extent from what's going on around you.

Jan 11, 2009 12:31 AM
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Danny "The clock for 2009 may already be wound but the events are mine."


it's a precious commodity that no amount of money or influence can buy - yet it's ROI is individual depending on how you use/invest it :)

Awesome post ( & the grandfather clock in your pic is just like the one my parents had in their home).



Jan 11, 2009 07:33 AM
Time stands still for no man. We have to do the best we can with what we've got. “Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back.” - Harvey MacKay
Jan 11, 2009 10:20 AM
Danny Thornton
R & D Art - Knoxville, TN
WordPress Guru

Kathy, point on.

Jim, I would agree with what he stated as well.

Grace, it is up to us how we invest it.

PurpleGreenPops, thanks for the quote.

Jan 11, 2009 12:32 PM

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