Wasted Time?

So you live from day to day

And you dream about tomorrow

And the hours go by like minutes

And the shadows come to stay

So you take a little something to make them go away

And I could have done so many things, baby

If I could only stop my mind

From wondering what I left behind

And from worrying about this wasted time

Don Henley, Glenn Lewis Frey, Jim Ed Norman

Today is one of those days when man tries to manipulate time in certain parts of the world. We move our clocks forward by one hour and just like that…the time is gone.

365 days.

I remember exactly what I was doing one year ago.

There were plans. There were people.

There were social gatherings, movies and concerts.

There were church services and lunches at the local Mexican restaurant.

There was time.

The lockdown could have been a time for families to grow closer or fall apart. With schools and colleges dismissed, many found their people all under one roof in a rare moment of stillness in the world.

If you never before had time for family dinners, then there was no excuse not to have one during a pandemic.

I had just purchased a kitchen table from a yard sale. It had six chairs. I naively envisioned a lot of memories around that table.

The possibilities were unknown and endless.

However, not once in those 365 days did anyone end up gathering for a meal or board game. The six people meant for those chairs are scattered and their time together has ended.

Looking back, if we known how long the stay-at-home order would last, then maybe the time would have been balanced differently.

  • Home improvement projects abounded.
  • Binge-watching kept us hypnotized.
  • On-line shopping almost broke the internet.
  • Social media became the social dilemma.

Store shelves emptied due to an odd fear that we couldn’t keep our booties clean.

  • There was isolation.
  • There was rebellion.
  • There were peacemakers.
  • There were instigators.
  • We saw the best of people.
  • We saw the worst of people.

Time stopped for some.

365 days.

Was it wasted time?

What did we learn?

How have we changed?

Will the next year be different?


“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way…”

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Say what you will

But the time that we fill

While we’re on the earth

Should not be alone

We were meant to be known

You make me what I’m worth

But I can’t keep you from yourself

You’ll do what you will do

Jonathan Michael Mclaughlin, We All Need Saving

How to Redeem a Wasted Life

Related Posts:

You Already Know

A Time to Refrain

The Time in Between

A Time to Speak


Time’s Up


Messages and Sermons on Time


Wasted Time lyrics © Cass County Music, Red Cloud Music, Emi Foray Music, Bratty Bc

We All Need Saving lyrics © Universal Music – Mgb Songs, Jon Mclaughlin Music

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