Sunday, February 24, 2008

What A Difference A Year Makes

Traditionally, a one year anniversary was marked by a gift of paper. As we are communicating via electronic media, I will celebrate a year of writing this blog with the modern recommendation, a clock, to mark the passage of time.

Ancient people used natural signs that they could observe to mark the passage of time: the sun, the moon and the seasons. The very first calendars, dating back to 25,000 BC, were notched sticks, reindeer bones, or tusks of mammoths, which counted the days between phases of the moon. It was also important to track the seasons so they would know when the weather would change for planting or harvesting, or when to expect migrating herds.

Today, few people wear watches or buy clocks as they have iPods, cell phones and laptops that tell them the date and time.

Here are a few bits of prose regarding the passage of time.

"To live in this world

you must be able to do three things:

to love what is mortal;

to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it;

and, when the time comes, to let it go."

- Mary Oliver

"Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save."

- Will Rogers

Celebrate each day. Make the most of the time you are given because I’ve heard it said the only difference between a rut and a grave is depth.