Time -- By Sharlett F. Hunt

This year has come and gone so quickly. I am thinking that time moves so quickly as if it has gotten away from me somehow. But what is time really? In an attempt to define time, I think of all the things it has meant to me. I have wasted time. I have also done things in a timely manner. Things have happened to me just in the nick of time. Time can be of essence in some cases.

Merriam-Webster defines time as the measured or measurable period during which an action, process or condition exists or continues. There are other definitions but none really explain the true meaning of time.

Times flies when you are having fun. It seems to drag when you are bored or unhappy. I guess this tells me that the past year was an enjoyable one for me. It certainly flew! Nothing out of the ordinary happened to me personally but each day was a blessing all its own.

Time takes time. Now there is a saying that has blown my mind a few times. I suppose it means that the element of time itself is a process which has a notable duration.

It is almost time for another year as our calendar tells us. 2006 was not a real good year if you listen to the news. Many died who have been in our lives via our television sets for many years. President Ford and James Brown are two of the most recent. Never forgetting that Saddam Hussein was hanged. These events give us time to stop and think. I was quite fortunate this year and didn't lose anyone close to me but know of some who did and my heart is sad for them.

I want to believe that this coming year will be a special one for all. I am looking forward to it as a way to start over, begin anew. I am thinking of this new year as a time of change.

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

"A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

"A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

"A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

"A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

"A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

"A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

"A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace." (Ecclesiastes 3 KJV)

By: Sharlett F. Hunt