August 28, 2010

Living in Time

by Hooty and the Blowfish
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Time, why you punish me?
Like a wave crashing into the shore
You wash away my dreams
Time, why you walk away?
Like a friend with somewhere to go
You left me crying

And you'll teach me 'about tomorrow
And all the pain and sorrow running free?
Cause tomorrow's just another day
And I don't believe in time...

Time, Can you teach me 'about tomorrow
With all the pain and sorrow running free?
And tomorrow's just another day
And I don't believe in...

Time is wasted, time walking
Time, time
You ain't no friend of mine
I don't know where I'm going
I think I'm out of my mind
Thinking about time

And if I die tomorrow, yeah
Then lay me down to sleep

Time, you left me standing there
Like a tree growing all alone
The wind just stripped me bare
Stripped me bare
Time, the past has come and gone, gone
The future's far away
An hour only lasts for one second, one second

Time without courage, time without fear
Is just wasted, wasted, wasted time...

The lyrics to these songs are surprisingly similar; both deal with the concept of time. We learn in our lives that time is "relative." When bored, it seems interminable; when fully engaged, time is fleeing. We are surprised at how the time passes.

The bible tells us there is a season and a time "for everything under the sun." If so then, time is more about the seasons, and the rising and setting of the sun than a minute by minute construct. Taken in this way, with a longer, wider view, we may see more wholly the days pass. Are we to dissolve into our lives and grow into ourselves, the self that we are meant to become? Time then is no punishment. It's just time. How will we live within it? What will we say at its end, when the events of life overtake at last?

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