The Fullness of Time

“I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.”

There is a phrase that is prevalent in older literature that I particularly enjoy. It is “In the fullness of time”. I don’t know specifically what the supposed meaning is, but I have a few takes on it that may resonate with you. I would enjoy hearing what you believe is the meaning of the phrase, but let me give you a couple of spins on it.

First, not everything that is instant is gratifying. Just because you can text, doesn’t mean you should. There are times when the sound of a human voice can keep a lot of misunderstandings from happening. Just because you want to do things fast, doesn’t mean you should.

Second, it takes time to do things that are different. Here is an example. There is a lot of power in a handwritten note sent via mail. The power comes from the fact that very few people do it anymore. It isn’t instant, but shows care, attention, and time. An old friend, Carl Terzian, taught me about handwritten notes on a nice notecard or good stationary, and even though it takes more time, it does have an impact.

Third, if you want to make changes in your life, your work or the world at large, it takes time. Let’s take one of my favorite topics, weight loss. For those of you that know me well, you know it has been something I have struggled with my entire life. But that is the point, it has taken me my entire life to get where I am today. I didn’t step into a suit that added 100 pounds, I earned every single one of them over time! If I want to change and lose weight, I can’t just step out of that same suit. It takes the fullness of time.

Finally, over the last few years I have spent a lot of time reading history. I was shocked to find out that the names may have changed, the technology has changed, but we are about the same as we were 300 years ago. The struggles we go through today are similar, if not exactly the same. That shouldn’t give us some pause when we get so upset about a certain political party, legislation or elected official.

We don’t know how things will turn out, do we? We don’t know what the ultimate impact of our lives will be, because we haven’t lived them fully yet. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Change is a process, not an event.

Take some time to reflect, and see how full you can get.

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