The last two weeks have given me cause to ponder just how strange and constantly changing our perceptions of time can be.
Those five days my husband spent away felt like fifteen.
Though, that same week my Mum was here and it went by in a flash.
Six hours of sleep is no where near long enough, but that episode of Power Rangers Samurai I watched with the kids sure felt that long!
Of course, two and a half hours of splashing in a pool feels like no time at all.
Getting the kids to finally make their beds can take all day.
Add to all this that the twentieth of September marked five years since our little family packed up and moved to the Territory... (My eldest is missing from the photo below. He moved up a week after us following a holiday with family in Melbourne)
That has gone ever so fast, and yet, there are so many signs of its passing. Two new babies have joined our family and they've all grow so very quickly - one of our boys is now an adult.
We have slowly come to realise that the two years of temporary relocation has become a new home and a new place to build our memories and family traditions.
At the same time I'm conscious of not wasting my time fretting over the past, nor spending it all planning the future- both of which I'm want to do, oh too frequently.
My mulling over all of these relative concepts led to a search to find others who can express it all better than me.
George Harrison said,
"It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one."I'm trying to focus on the here and now. To be present in every day moments with my kids.
The incredible Mother Teresa is quoted as saying,
"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."Beautiful.
My favourite, though, comes from this literary genius...
"How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?"
Wherever you are, and however fast it's going, I hope you're taking the opportunity to enjoy it and live the moment.
~ Dr. Seuss