How Did it Get So Late So Soon?

Ink & Watercolor Pencils on Handmade Paper – Words: Dr. Seuss

For the nineteenth week of our fifty week challenge, we were asked to do something nonsensical. A limerick, a poem, something like that. I thought of all the wonderful silliness out there, and of course Dr Seuss came to mind. When I read this one about time, an idea popped into my head. I gladly began filling a clean page of handmade paper into this. I used stencils for the large letters, flipping it around and upside down to make it look more Seussical. I made a mistake in that I meant to put the first line of the text in large letters, got mixed up in the silliness of the phrasing, so I added the arrows and directional words to make it easier to read. Below is the text:

How did it get so soon so late? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flown. How did it get so late so soon?

– Theodor Seuss Geisel alias Dr. Seuss

It took me some time to figure it all out, and it was total nonsense doing it! I guess that’s good news. I read this over and over trying to get it right, made a few mistakes in the text and was able to “fix” them so they are not noticeable. Isn’t that what time is about, working hard to get things right? We know we only have so much time each day to spend on the things we want to do, so doing them well and doing them right just feels good. And when we notice a mistake, it’s a bummer that we have to deal with, and once we get over that we have to spend time fixing our mistake. Which is a learning moment if we choose to look at it take way.

Time does fly, especially when we are busy doing something we enjoy. Even when we are doing something we do not enjoy, time is limited. So each day we have to choose, and choose wisely, how we want to spend, invest, or waste our most valuable resource. Because once it is gone we cannot get it back, buy more, or borrow time from someone else. Time is a gift, so use it wisely. Invest it in activities and people you value, spend your days doing what matters most, and be courageous enough to stop people from wasting it. Time will tell how your days go by, because before you know it you will be asking, how did it get so late so soon?

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