Tick Tock, Tick Talk

An editorial
by Chris Hibbard
The Meliorist

Tick tock, tick talk

One of the biggest hurdles I am encountering this semester involves time and time management. So I thought I’d consult with the experts (so to speak) and see what they had to say. Needless to say, I now find myself no closer to the truth, but with a brain crammed full of newfound wisdom. Maybe you can guess who said some of the following tidbits:

Things tend to happen all in due time, or in the nick of time. They happen time after time and time and time again. When it’s crunch time, when your time is up, the third time is the charm, and there’s no time like the present.

Some people seem to have all the time in the world, while others are always behind the times, making up for lost time, or doing time. Others say it a thousand times, biding their time while stealing a little time for themselves.

Still other people appear to be as old as time, and live their lives putting their pants on one leg at a time. Some use a stitch in time to save nine, while others are like a time bomb waiting to explode.

It would seem that time heals all wounds but waits for no man. It flies when you’re having fun but is always running out. Time will tell, but then again, time is money. Most importantly, time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.

You can have time to kill or just time on your hands. You can have the time of your life, or just time out of mind. Either way, I guess there’s good times and bad times.

Maybe we can learn a lot from Father Time, and his sands of time – after all, he’s from time immemorial.

Some say that we can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but not all the people all of the time. Perhaps we all just need to see a sign of the times, for the times they are a’changin’. Then we can take a time-out – but not for too long, because time waits for no man.

It is said that time is of the essence, and that procrastination is the thief of time. So we shouldn’t waste time, because there is no time like the present. Keep in mind though that how long a minute is depends on which side of the bathroom door you’re on. 

Meanwhile time keeps on ticking, and time slips away. It is the wisest counselor of all, but is the only thief we can’t get any justice against. It is what we want most, but what we use worst. It is the longest distance between two places but is also the cradle of hope.

Time is but a stream that we go fishing in, and is an equal opportunity employer: Rich people can’t buy more of it, and scientists can’t invent new minutes. Time is a great teacher that unfortunately kills all its pupils, so the time is always right to do what is right. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.

Time is what keeps the light from reaching us, and is the greatest obstacle to God. Even though it flies like an arrow, if I gave an army of monkeys enough time on enough typewriters – they might do something pretty special. On a similar note, everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is enough time. Remember that nothing is as far away as one minute ago but don’t forget that regret for time wasted is merely more wasted time.

Most Native Americans, traditionally at least, don’t think of time as linear – rather it is circular and ever-changing, with all moments happening all the time. Extrapolating from that, nothing is truly a waste of time if we use the experience wisely. Otherwise half our lives are spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.

Note: In the time it took me to find all this stuff, humans around the world have been born, have lived, have made love, and have died. Yet in no time at all I’m going to need to wake up. Here’s hoping that I’ll find the time – or take the time – or make the time – shoot, maybe I’ll even steal the time – to get to class on time. In the meantime, I’ll just keep plodding along on Hibbard-time, about seven minutes late everywhere I go.


~ by Chris Hibbard on October 31, 2008.

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