It seems the more we age the faster time passes or maybe it’s because we place more tasks into our daily lives. As I post this blog, I realize the month of July 2011 ends this coming Sunday. How quickly the first seven months of the year passed? I reminisced on what has occurred in my life during this period year to date. I smiled, because several wonderful events have taken place. And, there was also one sad event. Last week my mentor and good friend Ralph McKnight, a husband, father, fastidious gentleman, intellect and a representation of everything good in the Pasadena community, passed away. Ralph’s death reminded me how important it is to pause and smell the roses, exercise, spend time with dear friends and family and most of all to be true to oneself by loving those who “really” look out for us. I will never be the same, because I met a selfless man named Ralph McKnight.
As I contemplate adding another meeting to my schedule, I plan on taking some time to spend a few quiet moments everyday with myself. I will close my office door (whenever I remember) and even turn off the lights to hopefully spend a few moments to rejuvenate the over-worked cells in my body. Today, instead of driving to one of the neighborhood restaurants – which is about a mile from my office – to have lunch, I walked. It felt good walking on Lake Avenue in Pasadena while I checked out the cars speeding by. Everyone seemed to be in a rush to get to their next appointment. It’s amazing how many of us are rushing through daily activities without regard for the wear and tear on our bodies.
I know that I’m not alone in thinking “Tempus Fugit,” the Latin words for “Time Flies,” because most of my colleagues complain insistently about where time has gone. It’s easier said than done, but I’ll say it anyway, “slow down even if it’s only for a few moments.”