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You can’t save time so don’t let fear rule your life

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POSTED December 31, 2012 8:32 p.m.

“There’s no time to kill between the cradle and the grave

Father time still takes a toll on every minute that you save

Legal tender’s never gonna change the number on your days

The highest cost of livin’s dyin’, that’s one everybody pays

So have it spent before you get the bill, there’s no time to kill.”

- Lyrics to Clint Black’s “No Time to Kill”

 

 

It’s Jan. 1, 2013.

Congratulations! You made it to the start of another new year.

If that doesn’t excite you, it should. Our time on earth is finite. Each passing day the clock runs down.

Which brings up the age old question: Why live in fear of the future?

All that accomplishes is the squandering of time and ultimately of your life.

Go back six New Year’s Days. Things didn’t look too bright. The housing market was collapsing. Foreclosures were piling up. People were losing jobs. Many of those still working had their hours or pay cut.

It looked bleak.

That great squanderer of time - fear - paralyzed many of us.

Doubt trumped optimism.

So many started biding their time. They looked at others buying homes and called them foolish. They saw others starting businesses and viewed them as crazy. They looked at couples starting families and shook their heads. They saw people taking chances and wrote them off as insane.

Now, 2,191 days later, naysayers who put their dreams on hold due to fear have lost 2,191 days they can never get back.

Sure, they could have taken a little risk and ended up losing. That happened to more than a few who took chances six years ago.

Taking risk can be foolish but taking no risk because of fear you will fail is even more foolish.

Talk to those in their 80s and 90s.

Some are in good health, some aren’t. Some are comfortable economically, some aren’t. The real test is whether they killed time.

Those who didn’t and have nothing but a few worldly possessions are the happiest. They have few or no regrets. The same can’t be said of those who opted to live life in a holding pattern.

Fear is a good thing. It stops most of us from jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge just to see what it is like to hit the water. But letting fear rule your life robs you of the most precious commodity you have - time.

Those who understand it the best dealt with fear that makes the last six years of economic uncertainty seem like a walk in the park. Those who lived through the Great Depression then through the dark days of World War II can tell you a thing or two about allowing fear to put your life in a holding pattern.

They know that taking a nap under a shady tree on an August afternoon or smelling the roses isn’t killing time. Not living life is the real time killer.

And that doesn’t mean relentlessly pursing greener grass on the other side of the hill. Often times the grass is green on both sides. It means living your life to the fullest by engaging life and not conserving your days here on earth.

Every year is just like a movie. When they begin the overture is when they start to end the show. There is a set length to a movie just as there is to a year and to our lives.

You can save all the time you want but you can’t take it with you.

 

This column is the opinion of managing editor, Dennis Wyatt, and does not necessarily represent the opinion of The Bulletin or Morris Newspaper Corp. of CA.  He can be contacted at dwyatt@mantecabulletin.com or 209-249-3519.

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