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TIME HEALS

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It was the first time in a long time that we had sat down together.
I was a little hesitant to even go to dinner with her
because I had been feeling so disconnected, even a little
bit resentful toward her for things I perceived were keeping
her and me from hanging out more. I loved her deep
down but I felt there was a wedge growing between us.
She had not done anything to make me feel this way. It
was just a thought that I allowed to grow more and more.
Even though I have been taught to not let ugly thoughts
stay in my mind, that I have control over whether I dwell
on them or let them pass, this one I allowed myself and
it began the downward spiral toward negativity. I’d tell
myself it was “all good,” but then the slightest thing would
get in my head and turn my belief upside down. All the
while, she knew nothing about the distance I was feeling.
Dinner was amazing, we laughed and laughed, cried
and reconnected. It was a great time and catching up
was so good. I listened to her talk about her family and
her life, realizing that she was swamped with work and all
that family life entails. This was her reason for not spending
as much time with me as she desired. There were
legitimate reasons for the disparagement of our quality
time. She was missing my friendship as much as I was
missing hers.
As I drove home after dinner I was dwelling on the
great fellowship and reconnection when, out of the blue,
the phrase “Time heals all wounds” hit me. It was true –
“TIME heals all wounds”. In this circumstance, it was not
in the way I’ve always thought concerning this phrase. I
realized that “TIME” didn’t mean a span of seconds, minutes,
hours or days following a series of heart-wrenching
events. Rather, “TIME” referred to the moments we
shared. Time spent hanging together, time laughing,
time crying, time invested in one another, and time reconnecting
to each other’s worlds. That was what healed
our relationship. It truly was “Time heals all wounds.”
When I left that time of fellowship, I had no more
wounds. I only had the rekindled love for my friend.
I couldn’t wait until the next time we could get together.
This thought began to grow as I thought about
marriages on the rocks, families being destroyed,
disgruntled employment, etc. When there is an absence
of time spent with people, our hearts can begin to separate. Husband
and wives can be so “on-the-go” with their kids or jobs or friends or hobbies
that they don’t take the time to invest quality
time in each other. Therefore you begin to grow apart.
Wounds begin to grow and thoughts turn negative. Even
when you are together on a daily basis you are not really
spending “quality time” together. I have friends that have
testified to having extra marital affairs due to one of the
spouses not spending time with the other. Time is such
a valuable word. Really, it is the most expensive word
there is. I once read a quote, “The greatest gift you can
give someone is your time, because when you give your
time you are giving a portion of your life that you will never
get back.”
Time is precious and valuable. How are you spending
it? Are your kids spoiled with stuff and yet not happy?
This is usually because a person doesn’t spend quality
time with them. People say, “If I just had time,” but that’s
an excuse that just doesn’t measure up to scrutiny. Life
passes by so fast. Don’t let thoughts, words or actions
breakdown your relationships. Don’t let that estranged
family member or friend pass from this life without making
things right. Just meet. Just talk. Just do something
kind for that person, even if you don’t know what to say.
I have found that time will not just present itself to you.
You have to seize it. You have to make the time. Spend
it with those most valuable in your life. Make the move
to measure your moments wisely. It’s said that you never
know the value of a dollar until you have worked for it.
Work to spend time in the right way. The harder you work
to spend time the most wisely, the better the reward. I
think you will find that TIME really does heal all wounds.

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