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Always a Second Chance

Time fascinates me. I also have a great love for clocks, although I don’t believe the two are connected in any way at all.

My ultimate dream clock, which I have yet to acquire, is a Grandfather Clock. They feel solid and comforting; in fact, totally timeless! I see Grandfather Clock’s as a most beautiful piece of furniture. On my mantelpiece, I have a wonderful, deep-chiming mantle clock; on the wall in my lounge room I have a cuckoo clock, and in my daughter’s bedroom, she has a musical clock (a gift from her mum, of course!)

The fact that clocks actually have a productive use, that being, they keep track of time, is totally secondary to my mind. I enjoy the various chimes they have, the rhythmic tick-tocking sound and the “feel” of them, that’s all.

Reading an article recently on the psychological reason a person has for a love of clocks, I was most dismayed to learn that the belief is that the clock lover has an obsession with time! Huh! Nothing could be more further from the truth, in my case.

For the day to day necessities, I have my own personal “inbuilt instinct” time tracker, much the same as animals have, glancing at the clock occasionally, to check that my “time sensor” is still on track.  When I’m reading, cooking, gardening or talking with my children, I lose total track of time! So much for their theory of obsession!

In the very first article I published on my “Memoirs” blog, a post entitled, “It’s Just a Matter of Time”, I discussed the theory of time and my ideas on the subject, which you may like to read by clicking on this link.

I fail to understand the word “now”, in relation to immediate time, as no sooner is the word uttered, than “now” is gone, replaced by a new now, and a new now, and so on.

Now is far more successful as a broader ranged word, encompassing today, or this week, even this month or “for the duration”.

With the passing of what we know as “now” being instantaneous, we have the luxury of choice. If we judge our own actions in the “Now” to be pleasing, those actions become happy memories.

Alternately, if we are dissatisfied with our actions, feeling we have made mistakes, messed up in some way, or somehow find our choices displeasing, we are given a second chance! “Now” as we knew it is gone, replaced by another now. The old now is the past, the past is gone, and will be forgotten if we so choose it to be.

Life is full of second chances, of our own choosing. It is of no benefit to yourself, or anyone in your life for that matter, if you are hung-up on old mistakes; move on, create a new truth for yourself, and a whole assortment of new happy memories to look back on.

Always embrace every opportunity for, and make the most of, every second chance. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Always a Second Chance

  1. I agree with you about “Now.” I think that’s why I couldn’t embrace “Now” as a theme for blogging this month. If I take a picture of something now, by the time the camera captures it and I upload it and blog about it, it is no longer Now.

    I used to have a fear of chiming clocks and some tick-tock sounds. I don’t know why. All I remember is hiding behind the sofa whenever a certain television commercial would come on that involved the tick-tocking and chiming sounds of a clock. I’m not sure how old I was. Around 4 or 5 I think. It must have carried over a little as I don’t own any clocks that chime or make sounds of any kind.

    Now that I think of it, I don’t even own a watch. Like you, I rely on my inner clock to know what time it is. 🙂


  2. That’s a very good point you make about “now” and photography, I hadn’t thought about it in those terms, Robin.

    Isn’t that funny that you were afraid of clock sounds as a child…I had to hide my eyes when the lion roared at the beginning of Metro Goldwyn Mayer movies. That lion really scared me, yet I love all felines!


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