Sunday, November 27, 2016

Day 2600 - The measure of time

There's nothing like a birthday to make you reflect on this thing we call "time".

Birthdays have a habit of sneaking up on us. I mean, you know they're coming, but it's quite shocking just how quickly they arrive.

Whether it's your own or somebody else's.

Today is my Dad's birthday.  This time last year we were celebrating his 70th with a full birthday bash complete with function room, decorations, a photo wall and a dance floor.  We were reflecting on the wonderful legacy he had created is creating.

Where did that year go?

How can we be back to this date again already?

This time last year we were also getting ready to head to the USA for our Pennsylvanian Christmas.

Plus we were beginning to plan for the husband's 50th.

The excitement in the house with so much to celebrate was electric.

Those three big events are now over and all we have left are the memories.

Was it really a year ago they were foremost in our minds?

As I sit here today and go through my photos of those big events, I find myself reflecting on time.  Not the fact that it happens, but how we measure it through our experiences.

Facebook has this fabulous ability to keep these moments in our vision with the Facebook Memories feature.  Every few days I am reminded of a moment in time that we were getting ready for, fussing about, possibly even stressing over, which is now but a thought buried in the recesses of the mind.

Time is not measured by clocks, but my moments.  It is measured by the big moments like birthdays, Christmas, concerts, holidays, gatherings and functions.   It is measured by the smaller moments like a walk in the park, a meal shared with friends, a flower that blooms and a game of soccer.

There's nothing like a birthday to reflect on this thing we call "time".

What events have created your measure of time this year?

What are you looking forward to?

What was the most recent Facebook Memory to hit your screen?  

Happy birthday Dad.  


  1. For me there have been some big changes. Like starting my job in February. Putting my place on the market in April / May. My surgery in July. Selling and buying in August. Moving (and Problogger) in September. I'm actually enjoying the Facebook reminders though I do sometimes forget to check back on 'what happened...'

    Happy 71st birthday to your dad!!!

  2. 71? Spring chicken! I don't use birthdays to reflect. I was just thinking all those xmas decorations the kids made at daycare, preschool and kindy, that still adorn the house, much to their embarrassment, make me reflect on those easy, fun days when they were little...

    1. But then in those days, we wouldn't be going to Flume together, so swings and roundabouts...;)

  3. I don't get FB memories...I did for about a week...then they took it away. In some ways, I am better for it as looking back to what WAS part of my life makes me a bit sad so now I am focussing on the present. It's good for my health. I have always been one for the marking of time and memories. It's coming back to bite me a bit now because at just about to turn 67 I am thinking..Oh....where has that time gone! Thanks for linking up for #lifethisweek Denyse x

  4. I love that quote - time is not measured by clocks but by moments. Time does tend to get away from us but the memories we retain are not forgotten x

  5. That's so true. Time is definitely measured by moments. The most recent one to hit my Facebook Memories was watching the Christmas Parade in Seattle. I can't believe it was a year ago already. I suppose my biggest memories this year would have to be a trip to Maui and camping holidays.

  6. Facebook Memories keeps showing my all my old manicures (lol) but luckily it also shows me images of my son growing up which is much more lovely! #LifeThisWeek :)


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