I am not sure why my mind wandered to the topic of time this week. Maybe it is because of the imminence of graduation, a significant transition in life, which reminds me of the fleeting nature of time. Perhaps it is because of the regret I feel looking back on my collegiate career. Certainly, the nostalgia I have for those past days in Rome places the burden of time on my mind.
Why is time such a bitter paradox? Is it because we know that the sensations we experience will quickly pass away into the nonexistent past? Or is it because we know that the opportunities we pass up now may never come again?
One can think of time in this pessimistic way, or one can look at time as an ever-present future, free and limitless.
Every second is another letter forming the words of one’s life story. Every action is a syllable, marking the world, affecting the characters in this embodied narrative. The words of each day flow into rich sentences and paragraphs, telling the story of the narrator-protagonist.
Make every letter of your odyssey meaningful. Let every new character join with the previous one to form purposeful prose, instead of garbled gibberish.
It may be hard to make sense of the present, writing each letter without a bigger context. If each letter, however, is crafted in the best way possible, the whole story will be so as well.
Each individual letter composes an integral part. Although seemingly insignificant, one article or pronoun can greatly affect the meaning of the sentence. One misplaced word can take the plot down a completely different path. All the same, with careful guidance, the chronicle can be returned to its previous course.
Craft your story well, so that when reflecting on your formerly composed chapters, you will be able to find continuity and significance. Even more, you can inspire others with the moral guidelines in your biography and encourage them to live likewise.
Every narrator-protagonist has the quest of finding purpose in the present moment.
There are many things that can provide pleasure, but one must ask if such pleasure is merely egotistical. One’s story is not solely his own. It is an interrelated chronology of many autobiographies.
Purpose must be found in an Other, because in return, the Other helps one find their own meaning. The Other can be friends, family or the underserved.
Everyone needs help understanding who they are, because one cannot fully know himself from the inside. Every person needs certain characters who play an important role in his journey through the book of time.
Although you may be the narrator-protagonist, do not forget to submit your pen to the Author of all, who gave you this life and its purpose.
As the Evangelist writes, “Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
Every moment finds its purpose when offered to God. Once dedicated, your life then attains an eternal focus and will be written down among those of the saints in the kingdom of heaven.