The supreme significance of time to humankind, plants and animals, and all things in existence on our planet lies in it being a key element in all processes of our world.
Relatively recent scientific theories postulate that there are interesting relationships or synergies that link time, gravity and travel at incredibly fast, outer space-related speeds.
These concepts are beyond the scope of this article and possibly “boggle the mind” of the average person.
What is incontrovertible, and arguably more meaningful, is that creation and birth, renewal, growth, ageing, decay, weathering and death or extinction, are all affected by or recorded in time.
Evolution, change, innovation, revolutions and all civilisations are/were inextricably tied to its passage.
Time is the essence of studies in geology, anthropology and sociology. This truism even applies to astronomy.
Our daily lives are governed by the constraints of time – alarm clocks, working hours, appointments, meetings, recreational and social occasions, birthdays and all other celebrations are all scheduled and prescribed.
What of being late for your interview, wedding or doctor’s visit?
Day and night, tides and seasons follow their time-determined cycles. And the reality is that we can control what we do in time, but its passage is inexorable.
The force of time seems to have no limits.
It is not surprising that the world of powerful quotes has an abundance of meaningful observations on the role and significance of time.
It makes sense that the most powerful quote of all is found in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NIV): “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: “a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot;
“a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
“a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
“a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
“a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
“a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
“a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”
Lord Chesterfield once said: “You wake up in the morning and lo! Your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life. It is yours. It is the most precious of your possessions.
“No one can take it from you. It is unstealable. And no one receives either more or less than you receive.”
Arnold Bennett added: “Yesterday is long gone, and there are no guarantees we will see tomorrow. Today is what we have and how we use it determines our appreciation of time.”
Catherine Pulsifer opined: “Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it.
“The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.”
Finally, Earl Nightingale said: “Most of us have read or heard the powerful relationship man has with time and tide, and we would all be well-advised to ‘make hay while the sun shines’ with our time-allocated opportunities.”