This proverbial phrase alludes to the fact that human events or concerns cannot stop the passage of time or the movement of the tides. It first appeared about 1395 in The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer in the Prologue to the Clerk’s Tale.
What is time to me? How are the tides like in my life? What does waiting mean?
These questions are often pondered upon in our daily living. For me, it means pausing to reflect and assess certain areas of my life. Time for me is the same as everyone else; 24 hours, 1440 minutes, 86,400 seconds. What do we do about the time we have makes a difference.
Time to me in a given day would be segmented into a few distinct areas:
Sleep is a very very significant time factor in my life. My body needs at least 7 hours of sleep to feel ‘alive’ in daylight, for me to function normally. However, you will catch me yawning more than 20 times in a day. It might be due to the fatigue and lack of oxygen to my brain resulting in a constant sleepiness. Some yawns are short, and some last for several seconds before an open-mouthed exhale. Watery eyes, tears, runny rose, stretching, or audible sighs may accompany yawning. (Yes, these are the signs).
Training timings have placed a bodily clock meter for energy expenditure, I find myself conserving my energy prior to training by not stacking too many activities before that (school is inevitable though). Training every day except for Sundays means that about 3 out of 24 hours of my day is allocated to training. It may be even more than 3 hours as it does not include travelling and recovery time. Training demands a lot of energy and mental focus and I am usually completely worn out after trainings.
This semester, I have been spending less time in school as I am taking half the regular workload in preparation for SEA games in June, so I am thankful to have more time freed up from this area. Still, a certain amount of time needs to be set aside to tackle school workload.
Meeting with sponsors, vendors and clients form a significant portion of my schedule and my packed schedule makes it difficult to arrange meetings, and even more difficult to change appointments.
5) Family and friends
Last but definitely not least, I also need to spend time with the people who mean a lot to me. Regular Sunday dinner with my family is something I have to look forward to every week, where everybody can sit down together for a meal and talk about the past week and/or their upcoming week. Meeting friends at cafes for brunch, lunch or dinner on weekdays is how I will usually catch up with my various groups of friends.
What does time really mean to me?
Before this post, I did not have time allocated to pause and reflect. I was often rushing from one place to another, packing and squeezing activities in my schedule. I thought I was productive, but it made me tired and weary. I was constantly running through my errands without much heart and I could not give my best in the things I did. Even though time always refreshes the next day, like the setting of the sun and the rising of the same every day, the time tomorrow will never be the same as yesterday or today! Thus, often we hear, today is the PRESENT! I began to take stock in the moments in my life, the people that I interact with in my daily activities, the memories forged; these make life interminable.
Tides in my life?
There will always be instances that life will not throw you a pocket full of sunshine. Everyone will face moments of trials and testing. In Romans 5:3-5 it writes, “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Rejoicing in our suffering produces endurance. Passing of time and movement of tides are constant yet unpredictable. How do I react to tough situations? What is my attitude? Where is my hope? Where does my help come from? I’m thankful that I can turn to God any time, every time.
The unceasing passage of time and tide takes us along for the ride in the flow of life’s challenges. We search for stability by standing firm, casting our anchor, to pause, to wait. Instead of being swept along by the time and tides of life, waiting gives us a different perspective. There are so many quotes that we see about “Life is too short to wait” or “Life won’t wait for you”, persuading us to take that jump, to “chiong” (colloquial slang for rushing) all the time. There is a time to grab life by the horns and go along for the ride, but there is also a time to pause and wait.
Time and tide indeed waits for no man..
can make the time to wait upon the next tide…