Recently, Mark stated, “Time is your friend, not your enemy.”
If it’s my friend, then why do I feel like I’m always in a battle with it? I just don’t have enough of it to do all I’d like to do. You may be thinking, well, we all have the same amount of time! This is partially true. There is sixty seconds to every minute, sixty minutes to every hour, and twenty-four hours to every day. However, none of us knows how many years, days or hours we have in a life-time, which makes it different for each one of us.
In my youth I never thought about it . . . I was invincible and too busy planning all the things I’d achieve in a lifetime, like how many children and grandchildren I’d have, all the wonderful vacation spots I’d see, and all that I’d accomplish in my career.
At age thirty-two I was in a car accident that postpone my plans. The desire to obtain has not changed, but in a single second my direction in life took a dramatic turn. I guess I haven’t fully made peace with the change because the older I get the louder I hear the click of the clock, and see that time is rapidly passing. It seems with age, the disappointment of unfulfilled expectation grows, along with the realization that some things may not be accomplished in this life.
Since the car accident, often, when Mark is asked how things are going, he’ll say, “slow, but sure . . . but, sure slow.” This statement is right on. Every ability Mark has comes slowly, much too slowly for me and for him. However, he steadily works every day for improvement and has done so for the past twenty-two years.
He struggles to do things the rest of us do without thought or effort like eating, drinking; brushing his teeth, combing his hair; typing or writing; propelling a wheelchair; balancing on the edge of the bed, or rolling over in bed. He has to concentrate and work hard at moving his arms, legs and feet. In other words, what most of us do without thought or effort, Mark works at and it becomes meaningful. Speaking also takes a lot of effort for Mark. Consequently, he chooses his words carefully and says a lot with just a few words. He thinks before he speaks. A trait I’m trying to cultivate.
Because Mark’s progression is slow, his destination is sure. He knows exactly what he’s working towards and he has a plan how to get there. He feels enormous amounts of joy and fulfillment when he reaches his goals. The time and effort it takes makes his abilities so impressive. Mark is teaching me that when things come slowly they mean more.
Mark has also said, “Time is not an obstacle. When you make peace with time you can think positively about the future.”
I’ve been pondering this statement and have come to the conclusion that this is one reason why Mark is at peace with himself. He understands that time is on his side; he’s not in a race against anyone else. Therefore, he is the most positive person I know.
One day I asked Mark if he had an age goal he hoped to reach. He answered, “just as long as it takes,” another profound statement.
Mark inspires me and I know he is right. The amount of time we have isn’t what matters. It’s the striving to accomplish, grow, and improve that counts. Mark’s patience teaches me that it doesn’t matter if it comes slow, as long as it’s sure . . . and some times, it sure seems slow!
I love being married to such a wise man.
I love the quote “Time is not an obstacle. When you make peace with time you can think positively about the future.” I’m writing that one down!
Hopefully you’ll design a wonderful graphic to go with it also. Then I could post it on Thursday Thoughts sometime! Mark Wilson is a great guy to quote.
I was rushing to get out the door for an early meeting, this morning–too early. What was I thinking?!. I too am married to a wise man, who tells me, when you are rushed, slow down, change the plan, make the call, adjust the meeting time–whatever you need to do, slow down. So I did the craziest thing: I took time to read your blog entry. And then the funniest thing happened: When I called to see if the meeting could be delayed a bit, the other person needed to cancel it anyway. Today, of all days, I needed Mark’s words and his wisdom about time. I’m going to print out some of his words and put them above my desk. Mark Wilson IS a great guy to quote. Give him my thanks.
Thank you Nancy for reading the blog article and for your comment. I loved it! I’m glad that we agree, Mark IS a great guy to quote. I gave him your thanks and it made his day!
You inspired me yet again. I never thought of “sure slow” as being “sure” even if it is slow. I not only like and believe in the concept, but it turns patiences upside down. In fact, now there is no need for patiences at all, since our direction is “sure” we can all move slowly, but happily forward.
Rosanne, I love your analogy, and the idea that “sure” turns patience upside down. If we are “sure” we have no need for patience. Thanks for sharing!