How much time do any of us really have? Most of us believe, when we are children in school that the time we have is infinite. Life will go on forever. It’s not until someone you know or respect dies that you realize, there may be a limit as to how much time we have.
My Father died at age 42 and my Mother died at age 44. When I was a boy, my Grandmother always called me EJ (my Father’s name) because we were so alike. We were, the same in appearance and many other ways. Like many young boys and men, it’s an extreme compliment to be referred to as being “Just like your Dad.” However, when you come to believe what they’re saying and then your Father dies at age 42, it may even be logical to think that you’ll also die at the same young age. I did.
So, there was a time up to and including age 42. I thought I would die at that age. I lived.
At age 61 I suffered a heart attack. Because of the paramedics and then the surgeon, I lived.
Now, at age 64 I underwent heart surgery [again]. I lived.
When I didn’t die at age 42, life took on a different meaning for me. My Grandfather died at age 87 in 1989 and that’s when time took on a different meaning as well. It was then that I became fascinated with time. Sitting at my computer (for example) I can see 17 clocks. In our home are more than 30 clocks not counting several watches. Time means something. The minutes I’ve spent writing this can’t be taken back. I chose to use those minutes in a particular way and that time has now passed. I made the choice, I used the time.
There’s an old expression, “Third times a charm.” That holds a lot of meaning for me. Great things seem to come in three’s for me. I met the love of my life with my third wife, Margaret (16+ years and counting). We have six children (two sets of three, twice blessed). At C4 our business model is the third model that we’ve developed and the one that will certainly meet the needs of those whom we serve.
So now, I have Part III of my life. A chance to do it the way it’s supposed to be done. More exercise, better quality food, more time for me and my wife. More work on behalf of others. My lifestyle will change however my principles and values will not. They have stood the test of time for hundred’s of years.
My experience may just cause you to think, “How much time is there?” If you’re asking yourself that very question, then the point of this article has been made. It’s time!
Remember: Life Begins When You Do