The Gift of Time

Each morning I wake up strong, up and about, I thank God for giving me the gift of time- an opportunity to start again and do better than I did yesterday. what happens to me during the day is an extra bonus. It then dawns on me that neither the curtains have been brought down nor the final whistle blown. This fires me to get up and get going with much energy and optimism.

I have looked up several  common quotations and sayings about time and the list was indeed long.

Among them are : There is a time for everything.

Everyhting has an end.

Time and tide wait for no man

Time is money

Time heals almost everything

Procrastination is the thief of time

Seize the day.

There are a myriad of them  to fit any situation that you find yourself in .

Over time , I have come to learn that we all have 24 hours in a day but the most succesful among us are those who make the most of those 24 hours to make a difference in the community around them. i have also learned that some things like the death of a loved one cannot be healed but instead over time, one learns to live comfortably with the pain.

somewhere in the Bible it says that God teaches us letter by letter, line by line and lesson by lesson. So it is not surprising that  the eleventh verse of 1 Corinthian 13 says:…………..When I was a child, my speech, feelings, and thinking were all those of a child; now that I have grown up, I have no more use for childish ways.”

Each experience you go through tests and challenges you and you learn from it. You learn from your mistakes, failures and grow. This is why an adult has no more use for childish ways and that is why it is said that great character is born out of great adversity.

It is not surprising then  to find that those who have been gifted with time  can right the wrong done. As they walk through life , they come to learn who they are truly and become their own heroes- thye are less confused about life and are at their best and happiest.

Beiing the best ‘you ‘ is the ultimate gift for undertaking the journey of life. when you find yourself, you help many people around you to find themslves too.

This is a process and can only be achieved by being gifted with the gift of time.

Sometime in 2012 , I was thinking deeply about this most important gift to me and I ended up crystalising the actual reward and meaning to me in this PROSE POEM ??


The Gift of Time. By Jane Nannono

We all mellow with the years.

Like good wine, we become better people.

Older,wiser and respected.

We have hindsight and know who we really are.

We have found our purpose and meaning in life;

we have learned from our mistakes and grown from our failures.

We are comfortable with ourselves,

we look at things in their true perspective;

no jaundiced views, no tinted glasses, no veils or masks.

We are our own bosses and have learned to say ‘no’.

We have stopped playing along to get along.

We have stopped feeling guilty and only do what we feel is right.

We have learned to forgive and to laugh at ourselves.

We have learned to love ourselves

and unashamedly put ourselves first.

We only do what adds value to ourselves;

what we love and enjoy doing.

Being comfortable with who we are: simply being ourselves.


The ultimate gift for taking the journey of life is to become your own hero- self-discovery: knowing who you really are and then accepting and loving yourself then make the most of it for your own good and for mankind.



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