Where did the years go? It feels just like yesterday.Remember sizzling steak, ice cream sundaes, and drippy grilled cheese when everyone thought they were healthy? How about reading the paper filled with more words than ads, and struggling to fold the pages into a manageable size? Think about those glorious days when dessert was an essential part of the meal.
J.B. Priestly, the novelist who ran out of tomorrows 32 years ago, said it best:
Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.
Think of it this way. When we left Daylight Saving Time and “gained” an hour there were big plans to use or misuse the extra time. Now March is around the corner. Was that extra hour yesterday or today? It’s a good time to decide before we lose it tomorrow.
Who’s counting? Certainly not Arizona or Hawaii who refuse to indulge in any time control.
The Masters of Time in Washington D.C. have weighed in on this issue. In 2007, Congress extended Daylight Saving for 4-5 weeks. This was a follow-up to the original Uniform Time Act passed in 1966 to reinforce the law supporting the Standard Time Act of 1918. Sound confusing? It was only a century ago that federal law implemented Standard and Daylight Saving time and 50 years ago since the Feds enforced it.
It’s amazing that both sides of the aisle were able to agree on time.
Today, The Masters of Time wait for the very last minute to repair the mistakes of yesterday, praying that tomorrow will arrive a few months after they’re up for election.
As Mark Twain suggested,
Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.
My grandson Johnny has a better understanding of time than all our lofty representatives in Washington. I was in California and decided to FaceTime him at home in New York. It was sunny in LA and nighttime in New York. Have you ever tried to explain the concept of time zones to a 7-year old? After all my science talk, Johnny came up with the only logical conclusion.
“Time is broken.”
I think he’s right.
We have digital time, analog time, atomic time, and tea time. There’s no time, anytime, every time, and time to go. No wonder yesterday, today, and tomorrow get mixed up. Ask J.B. Priestly or Johnny. Better yet, spend an afternoon watching Back to the Future movies.
Perhaps a more accurate standard comes from The National Institute of Standards and Technology. Their NIST-F2 Atomic Clock is guaranteed not to gain or lose one second in 300 million years. With that kind of accuracy you can be sure that no one will ever be on time.
There’s only one conclusion to this data swamp, generously offered by the author who gave us timeless Harry Potter.
“Time,” JK Rowling said, “is making fools of us again.”
Editor’s Notes: You can visit contributor Dr. Jeri Fink at her website, HauntedFamilyTrees.com. She believes “after fifty” is a creative, exciting time to grow and explore new ideas, places, and media – defying those creaky myths of aging. A recent project –Broken – is a seven-book series of thrillers that involves all ages, from baby boomers to new adults. She tells us: “I challenged the art of storytelling by merging fact, fiction, and photography into riveting, bestselling novels. It emerges from my work as a Family Therapist; expertise in family psychology and history; research into psychopaths and The Psychopathic Spectrum; and passion in photography and photo analysis. My 28 published books, hundreds of articles and blogs, speaking engagements around the country, and active online presence all reflect my many life experiences.”