Quote/Thoughts on Time


It’s nearly midnight and I just can’t sleep! My legs are aching from a long run this morning, and my mind is tired from cramming for my Organic Chem test this afternoon. I’m actually a very good sleeper but it’s just one of those nights. I’m not complaining though, I actually feel quite content with life because I really wanted to get that test out of the way!

Since I’m up (and trying not to keep counting the diminishing hours until my alarm goes off at 5am) I thought I’d write a quick post about a quote I’ve been thinking about lately. It has to do with time.

I know I’m still relatively young, but now that I’m in my late 20s it just seems like time flies by incredibly quickly! I feel like I blink and another day has passed. This has been bothering me a little, although I couldn’t quite put my finger on why. Then one day I was flipping through a C.S. Lewis book I haven’t read yet, Reflections on the Psalms. I came across the last page, and this quote:

“Our hope (is) finally to emerge, if not altogether from time…at any rate from the tyranny, the unilinear poverty, of time, to ride it not to be ridden by it, and so to cure that always aching wound…which mere successions and mutability inflict on us, almost equally when we are happy and when we are unhappy. For we are so little reconciled to time that we are even astonished at it. ‘How he’s grown!’ we exclaim, ‘How time flies!’ as though the universal form of our experience were again and again a novelty. It is as strange as if a fish were repeatedly surprised at the wetness of water. And that would be strange indeed; unless of course the fish were destined to become, one day, a land animal.”

Sometimes just having someone define what you feel makes it much better…I’m still uncomfortable with the way time flies, but this quote is a reminder why. In the previous pages he talks about how we have tasted of the eternal and how we long to be with God. It is a tension that, for the Christian, exists constantly. (See Hebrews 11:13-16).

So anyway…I was just starting to get sleepy from writing this out and noticed a huge enormous spider scuttling around my room!! We had an epic battle to the death and now I think I’ll have to make some tea to relax from all this adventure.

I’ll be back on Friday with a video I filmed a couple weeks ago showing some of my favorite drug store beauty products of the last few months. Thanks for reading my late-night ramblings (I know this post was a bit random)! I hope you have a good Wednesday!

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  • Vivienne Chen

    Great post Jessie :) As I’m nearing my 30′s, I’m constantly aware of how fast time is flying..

    THat’s a really interesting quote from CS Lewis…I found myself reading that a few times.

    • http://www.jessienextdoor.com/ Jessie

      Thanks Viv! I know, I don’t think it’s one of his famous ones, and I just happened to open the book to it. He’s just the best…

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