I have heard of 'fast' time and 'slow' time. It was explained to me by comparing when you are doing something you love like reading or contentedly listening to music (speaking for myself) which time goes by fast. For others it might be watching movies or playing video games, watching sporting events or building and creating. Slow time connected the best with me when I thought of organized wrestling. There are three periods, each three minutes each. In the midst of that wrestling with muscles straining against another wrestler time goes very slow it seems, especially in that third period.
So here it is already four days after Christmas all fast time because it has been so enjoyable. Between the fun and business of Christmas and the days following also filled with plenty to do it seems that time has passed by quickly. This time of year I take off from work as much as possible to be home with my family (kids and wife off from school and girls home from college) to talk, play games (which this year was cribbage), after Christmas shopping and this year we replaced our traditional Christmas party with a Christmas open house. It fit our schedule best to do it after Christmas rather than before. We used the last half hour of the open house to sing Christmas songs and hymns maybe for the last time this season.
It is always lots of fun to have family and friends to visit. The Hintons came for the open house which we enjoyed and spent a long time talking even after the singing. Lori and Brendon came as well and brought some really yummy chicken salad mini sandwiches which I enjoyed many of.
It is a great time of year to put more thought and effort into our family and friends and to me that is what Christmas is all about. We celebrate the coming of our Savior who taught us the importance of our friends and families. I'm grateful for all those who are a part of our extended associates. I recognize how much they mean in my life and am appreciative for them.
As time goes by it of course becomes our past but doesn't it also greatly influence our future. How we use our time now helps develop us and shape our future choices so that it not only gives us strength and comfort, or their opposites, from the past but begins the process of laying out and preparing our future. So time does seem to march both to the past and the future at once. A paradox? An oddity? A reality.