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Time slips away, 2012 on the horizon

There is a country music song titled, “Ain’t It Funny How Time Slips Away.” Now I know the word “ain’t” is frowned on by many grammarians, but it is used often as a contraction of are not, am not, is not, has not, or have not and it seems to be gaining some ground as an accepted word in today’s informal speech. I think the song itself is about a failed romance, but the words of that song title reminds me that time indeed does slip away. This past year in a sense slipped away. It doesn’t seem so long ago that 2011 made its debut.
As I write this column, another year is almost gone and 2012 is set to make its dramatic en-trance. I can’t speak for anyone else but the older I get the faster time seems to slip away. While I rarely make New Years resolutions, I think this year I will make an exception and resolve to make better use of my time. Once time is gone, it can never be brought back. The passage of time and our inability to rerun it is really mind-boggling. Thinking about that fact causes me to want to be more careful with how I use my time. The old adage, “Time Waits for no Man,” is very true.
The concept of time is very complicated. Go to an unabridged dictionary some time, look up “time” and you’ll see a pretty large section on the concept of time. One of Dr. Albert Einstein’s claims to fame (there were many) was his work on the relation between space and time. Anyway, simply put, time goes on. How we deal with it is a most important question.
The year 2011 is gone and it will never be back. There were many happenings on the world, national, state and local scene. There were new scientific achievements, innovations in medi-cine, new stories written, new music composed and many other innovations discovered and put in place. This year is the year I marked my 73rd year of existence. The past is history and will not return. It is what I do with 2012 that is important now. And that is true of all of us.
It is important that I prioritize my actions in 2012. Realizing that “time” surely can slip away, I feel that I must concentrate on the important things. Perhaps I should be more of a “people per-son.” Perhaps I should strive to learn something new every day. Of course while time goes on and improvements can be made, memory plays a very important role in our existence as well. While time goes on, it is through memories of the good times that spur us forward.
The English poet William Wordsworth in his Ode: Intimations of Immortality From Recollections of Early Childhood, writes: “Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower; we will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.”
So, time indeed slips away. Therefore it is important that we make good use of our time. Moreo-ver, there are the good memories of the past to spur us on to pay close attention to the time we have. Attention to our time today will create good memories tomorrow.