24 Hours Each Day….Whoosh!

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By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz –

New Year 2013, Super Bowl, Valentine’s, Arizona Statehood Day, Purim, St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras, Lent, Spring Break, Passover, Easter, IRS Tax Deadline…all whooshed by. Each a milestone of its own – but in a breath blew by us.

“Where does time go?” is often the question. For school-age children it takes forever for vacations to come around. For working adults, vacation time is out there, but there is so much to do in the meantime.

The clock always has numbers one to 12 (unless your home operates by the military’s 24-hour clock – which probably makes more sense in this interconnected world of ours anyway). Twelve hours a.m. and another 12 p.m. – no more, no less. Each day is equal in the number of sunrises and sunsets (one each, right?) and the number of minutes and seconds.

So, why do some days and even weeks whoosh by, and others move like molasses outdoors in a Flagstaff winter?

Because, when we are energized by our activities, our work, our responsibilities, we are engaged….and being engaged keeps us interested. That interest compels concentration and ultimately it is that focus that pulls our eyes away from the clock, to fulfilling the task. And time flies by!

Holidays, festivals, holy days and vacation times serve to punctuate our tasks and add fun, ritual and flavor to life.

So, where does the time go?

It all depends on whether we let it fly by or slog along. Disenchanted and annoyed, we will seemingly never reach the excitement of those special days. Vitally engaged and interested, we will revel all the more in the breaks.

Our failure to let the sun shine onto our lives can result in burn-out. Celebrations and milestones help to divide time into manageable pieces…that gives us peace.



  1. We were in first grade together.

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