Time is important in everyone’s life! We make appointments (out of necessity-doctor’s meetings, etc.); or give ourselves a time frame to work in because we need to be finished at a certain time because it’s “time” to do something else equally important to the task we are currently working on!
It fascinates me as I watch my daughter plan her day around picking up the children at school. Everything during the day is set up to be finished by the time her alarm on her phone goes off, because she must be in the parking lot at the right time!
This same daughter, when younger, was rarely on time for anything! On work mornings she would hit the “snooze” button to give her a little more time in bed, then had to rush like a crazy person to be ready “almost on time” to rush out the door and “fly” to get to work, hoping no police were traveling her way! Most of the time, she’d walk in right on the button, or just a few moments past. Thankfully, it never created any issues with her amazing boss! But since she has the responsibility of young ones, her perspective has changed and is now almost always on time (or even a little early!)
My husband, on the other hand, is obsessed with leaving early! Sometimes we leave so early we are the “first” ones there, or if it’s a doctor’s appointment we have to wait an extra fifteen or twenty minutes before we are even acknowledged! His perspective is it’s always possible to have a flat tire on the way, break down, get caught in traffic or a hundred other reasons to make him late. For him, late is not option!
It’s fascinating how “time” has the ability to complicate our lives, even socially! My daughter ran the risk of being reprimanded by her boss if her tardiness was extensive. When late for a class we risk missing some of the lecture, or at a doctor’s office risk not being seen. … But in general, if we are late to someone’s home, a meeting for dinner or coffee, or any reason, our peers will begin to judge us as being “irresponsible.” Being on time is considered a high virtue. It actually can heighten our social status!
We live in a world full of circumstances beyond our control, which my husband recognizes! In a perfect world we would all be on time. But our world is not perfect, so incidents, accidents and choices alters our plans!
So I challenge you to reflect on how you view “time.” Are you one to often run late, rushing at the last minute to arrive …..almost on time? Or are you like my husband, determined to allow plenty of time just in case something weird happens along the way?