Seniors, Enjoy the Luxury of Taking Your Time

Jun 9th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

There is no more valuable asset a senior citizen has than time.  Taking your time to enjoy the day, a trip, someone’s visit, a phone call, a sunset, a sunrise, a cup of coffee is a gift without measure. “I don’t have time” is a statement loaded with a curse.   Not being able to be in control of how you spend your time, what you do, how you do it, with whom you do it ought to be the things that are the components of full retirement.  “I don’t have time” is filled with turning over control of your entire life to something else, somebody else, somewhere else that should have no influence, importance, impact upon your person.  

Taking your time means having the capacity to sit.  It means you can do, think, exercise, wander, muse in any direction, at any time whenever and wherever you wish. My favorite is early morning with a cup of coffee or late afternoon with a cocktail.  My favorite is alone or with someone.  My favorite is when the sun is setting or rising or setting. My favorite is early evening or just before calling it a day.  My favorite is recognizing that the master of the moment is me and the choices I have made to spend whatever time is left in that day, that moment, that occasion, that gift.

Taking your time is something we won’t be able, likely, ever to reclaim.  Time has a way of stealing the moments in front of us.  They aren’t reclaimable.  We can’t figure out any way to reinstate them, to make them happen again.  They come and go.  And when they are there, whether in the early silence of an evening, the first birdsong of a morning, the last thoughts before retiring….they are then and they are nevermore.

Time is the last gift of the senior.  It is the best gift we have to experience for ourselves.  It is the only gift we can give to others.  Hang on to it, hand it over to someone with whom you can savor the gift for one last and gloriously loving time.   It won’t come back.  It won’t be shared with someone else.  Give it to whom you will.  Share it in a way that the sharing is something both of you can treasure.  It is, after all, all we have.



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