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Posted: Friday, February 2, 2018 1:30 am

Walk in my Shoes with Doris Meneses

They say that “time flies”. Yes it does.

Before we know it, it is gone. Hours fly by …well at least it seems to unless we are doing an unpleasant task. Why don’t the hours go by quickly when we are cleaning or working on something we don’t like to do? How about exercising…oh my the hour class just seems like it takes forever to end!

Days fly by. You look ahead to vacation and before you know it, the days are gone and it is time to go back to work or back to your regular life!

Weeks fly by. When making a list of things you would like to accomplish, you may say ok, this week I’ll do this and that. Well we all know that before you know it, it is the end of the week! On Fridays, I try to clean up my work desk and put everything into perspective so that the next week I will finish the things I need to do. Every Monday I come into work and for some reason, Friday comes really quick, the week is gone and I’m still behind and haven’t accomplished the tasks I wanted to finalize.

Months fly by. It seems like we were just celebrating Christmas and here we are…February of the next year! What happen to January? The month just flew by and I’m sure, in a wink of an eye, it will be Christmas again! The months just seem to move so quickly.

Years fly by. Here I was, in the 70’s and 80’s, a redheaded young wife and stay-at-home mom raising three children, running the children to soccer games, football games, baton classes, leading a Brownie Troop and PTA groups while Mr. Wonderful worked hard to support us and before I could turn around, here I am with three children with wonderful spouses, a gray haired “Grammy” to nine (although I am rockin’ my gray hair), attending birthday parties, school events and sporting events for the Grands, working a full-time job plus a part-time writing gig (my mental therapy) and thoroughly enjoying evenings when I can sit at home in my recliner with Mr. Wonderful. How did the years fly by so fast?

"Time flies" is a translation of an older Latin phrase tempus fugit, a poetic expression that captures the inevitable passing of time and the need to enjoy the time that humanity has.

Recently, as I feel the years fly by, I have been spending more time being conscious of my time. The time I spent with my late mother prior to her passing in November was short (she only moved to Florida last January) but it was a wonderful time of my life that I had to share with her. I cherish that time I had with her.

I have slowed down and am no longer a workaholic. I do my job but I realize that no one is perfect and time with others is important. I have stepped away from some organizations and have now begun to concentrate more on individual people. I try now to connect more with some of my elders as one day soon, I will be there too. I enjoy spending my time sitting and talking with older folks and learning about their lives. I try to take time to listen. I can see how much my time means to them.

I am enjoying my time that I spend with Mr. Wonderful and our family. I cherish my time when the Grands do my makeup or we just play silly games.

I always have heard that the greatest gift you can give someone is your time. I firmly believe that because your time is actually your life. We don’t know how much time we have in our life…how many minutes, hours, days, weeks or years. It is the unknown and time is precious. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a part of your life.

Theophrastus, a Greek philosopher of the Peripatetic school, and immediate successor of Aristotle in leadership of the Lyceum stated, “Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.“

This week, give someone the gift of time.

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