What impact this word can have in so many different situations. What usually comes to my mind when hearing this is to try and fill in the next word or words before or after.  For example: It’s Time, Time Flys, Time Stood Still, Time ran out, Time out, and on and on we can go. How about “Time flys when you’re having fun.” As “time” goes by, I realize that it is not only when having fun but also when I am focused on something. For me, playing guitar is the easiest way to lose 4 hours I have ever seen. As I get older I also remember people saying “Time seems to go faster when you’re old.”  Truth be told, yes, I wake up one morning and say “My God, it is Thursday already.” Weeks seem to fly by. When I was younger it was mostly “Time seems to drag on and on.” Especially when in school, waiting for the class to be over, the day to end, the bus to get home, or supper to be ready. Today it is more like the total opposite. I cannot seem to find the time to get anything done. And my, “how times have changed”.  Sound familiar to anyone?

The discussion of time can lead to a host of topics and provocative conversation. In the focus of time on this earth, we all, reluctantly maybe, are reminded each week by these blogs that our time is limited. Each week we try to generate interest in why and how planning and preparation for this limited time is important. Not only for each individual, but for our loved ones, our friends, and our associates in business, education, or any other position where there is any responsibility for action to occur when someone is suddenly absent from the scene.  Over “time,” I see change occurring.  I see a greater understanding and awareness of the benefits of end of life planning and discussion.

Recently a friend posted a short series of well known (but some for me, unknown) facts about the origins of different meanings to phrases not all that dissimilar to the references of time above. They included what seemed to me to be reliable origins for old sayings like “chewing the fat,” “crossing the threshold,” “raining cats and dogs,” and many other common sayings that almost everyone I know has heard or said.  “Time has come” for continued education and implementation of more compassionate care to be given as the end of life approaches. Not only for those who suffer from disease or trauma, but for all of us who will inevitably be in need of the type of humanity and kindness so often only reserved for “certain times.”

Caring Choices will continue to “change with the times” and offer our continually growing experience with emotional support, coping, thoughtful discussion, understanding, and reassurance for those who desire and need help during their “time of need.”

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