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Updated on March 7, 2012

By: Wayne Brown

Can you find just a little time in your busy, busy life?

Some time to rest for a long moment and just breathe

A little time to stop and think about life; all its treasures

Time to think on this temporary life you will ond day leave

Your time is of the essence; rushing moment to moment

No time to stop and consider; no time left to just ponder

Everything is so, so important; a top flight first priority

No time for dreaming; no time left to just sit and wonder

What did you worry over at this time just last year?

There must have been more than a million choices

But you can’t remember any of it now; it’s no wonder

All you hear is the current chorus of worried voices

Life is a tiny, tiny thing; a very small space of limited time

We fill it with things we think are such high priorities

We push all the other things out of our way; too far aside

Then stay busy ignoring realities, grabbing at possibilities

What of love? What of our short time here on this earth

Does that not matter in the scheme of the picture of it all?

What really matters in the end? Is it what we have done?

Or is it what we have been when the Lord comes to call?

Health and happiness are what matters in life here on earth

The smiles; the love; the moments we so cherish together

Everything else is simply a distraction; a timely illusion

The ones we love; the time we spend are what really matter

Take a deep breath; stop and consider the priorities in this life

Look at those around you and consider the priorities of their day

Take some time to rest; to weigh the options; to shift your focus

Stop and consider what is really important along your busy way

We all have just a little while upon this earth; a short time

Do what you will but make good use of what you’re given

Know that one day your life will be judged on its merits

When time is done and you reach your final home in Heaven

©Copyright WBrown2012. All Rights Reserved.

15 January 2012


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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Houa Lor...So very true, so very true. Thank you! WB

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      Houa Lor 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      This is so true. Time is the only thing that means the most to us and also one that we use carelessly as well. Great hub!

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @theking2020...Thanks much, so glad you enjoyed it. WB

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      6 years ago

      Time is precious we must all cherish it, great poem.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Pamela99...Thank you, so glad you enjoyed it. I agree, we stay "busy" doing nothing to often but allowing nothing to dominate our lives. WB

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I really enjoyed your poem and the video as your words are so true. So often meaningless activities take up our time and we forget to stop and smell the roses. Rated awesome.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @CMerritt...I think we all become time conscious as we get to our later years...such a wasted commodity in our youth as we had plenty in reserve along with being ten feet tall and bullet proof. Glad you liked Chris. WB

      @breakfastpop...Thanks much those high marks! LOL! WB

      @Movie Master...Yes, sometimes I feel that I am writing against the clock...I should have started sooner! Thanks much. WB

      @Angela Blair...My mom was a worrier...still is. She worried about the folks who worried too much. I learned from that over time. If we cannot do anything to change something, then let's not consume time and energy worrying with it. It is really unavoidable when that something affects a loved one because we lose that objectivity about it but the truth still stands. Thanks much. WB

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      Angela Blair 

      6 years ago from Central Texas

      Wayne - absolutely beautiful. As I reflect on the time I've spent on useless doing, worrying and sub-standard careing it makes me sad. However, as long as we're still breatheing we can change direction and sort out the important and non-important in our lives and go forward as you've so aptly stated in this exquisite poem. Excellent and insightful poetry - voted UP. Best, Sis

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Wayne, time is so precious - thank you for this reminder.

      A beautiful poem and voted up

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      6 years ago

      Beautiful, moving and wise.... Up, up up!

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      Chris Merritt 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Here are some very wise words we ALL need to reflect on, often!

      Wow! excellent...and the video was a great touch to add.


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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @drbj...Time like our health is something we can only try to manage as best we can, Doc. We usually find out how precious time really is when we stand beside the bed of a loved one to say a final goodbye...then we realize how much more time we could have invest with that person. Life is such a learning journey. Thanks so much. WB

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      Time - the one commodity we cannot purchase and never have enough of. Thank you, Wayne, for this beautiful poetic reminder. Well done!

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @The Frog Prince...Time is of the essence in this day and time when so much of our future rides on what we cannot seem to control in our country. I pray that we have enough time left to mend the fences that have been downed and get the horse back into the barn. Dittos on the conversation...we'll have to tilt us a cool one sometimes. WB

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      The Frog Prince 

      6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Wayne - Excellent. Now that I'm older I have realized that time is the most precious thing I can give to anyone. After all, it is finite, at least in this life.

      Great work. It was nice talking with you the other day BTW.

      The Frog

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @tipoague...We all spend too much time in life chasing the elusive butterfly. What evades us is that happiness and good health are the real treasures of life...the rest is just gravy. Thank you! WB

      @writer20...Thanks so much...enjoy it while it is ours to have! WB

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      6 years ago

      Beautiful poem and life is so short. Voted up and awesome

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      6 years ago from USA

      Time is very short indeed. It is in those moments when life could be snuffed out, but God had other plans, that one realizes how short it is. It just takes a bit of time to look around and appreciate the things often taken for granted, that life has to offer. Great poem!

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @blake4d...Thanks much glad you liked my choice of words for this message that we all need to heed a bit more. WB

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      6 years ago

      Very kewel WB.

      What of love? What of our short time here on this earth

      Does that not matter in the scheme of the picture of it all?

      What really matters in the end? Is it what we have done?

      Or is it what we have been when the Lord comes to call?

      Love those lines. Very evocative. Keep on Hubbing.Blake4d

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @Field-Of-Flowers...Thank you so very much. This one was truly an inspiration coming to me just as soon as I sat down to write and never stoping in its flow to the last word...I was a bit of an instrument delivering the message. WB

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      6 years ago from Midwest, USA

      **Gives you a standing ovation!!** This is an excellent poem that says it all. What is really important are the 'people' in your life and not the 'things.' The people in my life are so important to me and I thank God for each one of them. I love how you penned the words...they just flow together. You have my votes!! Have a great day and God bless! :-)

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @suzzycue...Thank you...just came to me last night and I wrote it down! WB

      @saddlerider1...I am thinking the same thing you are thinking Ken...I have should have been writing 20 years ago. But, at the same time, I am not sure I had the state of mind necessary to do it then versus now. All things come in time and some of it we have to wait for. WB

      @Ruchira...Thank you! Priorities are good but we have to choose the right ones! LOL! WB

      @poetvix...Very true...we get caught up in our own personal little hells and forget about those around us. One thing that always puts it in perpective for me is to try to remember what I was worrying about last year at this time...I can never remember so it must not have been as important as it seemed at the time. Thanks much! WB

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      6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      You always make good points, even in poems. This reminded me of a quote from "Gone With the Wind" that goes something like "don't squander time, it's what life is made of", located on a plaque on the Wilk’s plantation. I'm sure I butchered that quote but you get the gist. Hats off to you, Wayne, for reminding me of what's important. It's not the to do list of chores and tasks, it's people.

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      6 years ago from United States

      Time is precious and does not wait for anyone!

      We have to learn to prioritize our things in life so that we can get benefit out of it.

      Beautiful poem and shared and votedup

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      6 years ago

      Wayne you have written here what most of our lives have been surrounded by. "LOST and WASTED TIME" I am so in tune with what you've scribed here my friend. I know my days are numbered and I wish I could take back the time that I've strewn to the gutter.

      We all want to take back things we've said and done to others. Lost time, lost loves, lost marriages, lost families. Shall I be granted more time or to come back to catch up on the time I squandered, then I am truly blessed in Heaven or Hell. BTW perfect video indeed to place in with this marvelous scribe. VOTED BEYOND UP, and shared on Twitter and FB my poetic genius.

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      Susan Britton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Amen to this poem and what a great video to match it-good work Wayne Brown


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