In my youth, I liked the music of the Rolling Stones. I remember a lyric in the their Time is on my Side song, “Time is on my side, yes it is Time is on my side, yes it is.” As I get older, it’s not the case anymore. Harvey Mackey wrote: “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.”
As the senior faculty member at the University of St. Francis, I have seen a lot of students come and go during the last thirty-eight years. In a previous blog, I stated that when they come back to visit me, it is the highlight of my day. Sadly, in the last year and one-half, several of my former students have passed away. This leaves me in a state of sorrow and melancholy, remembering their dreams and aspirations. Of course, life and death are part of the journey. Times like these cause me to reflect not only about my own life and the lives of others who have touched me along the way.
Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings said, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” May we all spend our time wisely!