by Anniel 11/3/16
Several weeks ago on Drudge there was a report that people who are chronically late suffer from a mental illness. Not all psychiatrists agree, but some would like it to be classed that way. I’m sure they will soon all agree. They’ll need new patients to keep their livelihood going.
I read some of the comments on the site, and one of them struck a note with me. The writer said that many years ago his friends and family were always on his case for being late. They were offended by his bad manners and no longer trusted him to be on time. In fact they just generally distrusted anything he said, period. So off he went to a counselor. He was certain the counselor would say that he was indeed a busy man and the folks around him had no right to expect him to always be on time.
To his anger and dismay the counselor told him he was just a selfish wretch and his lateness was abusive to other people. He was very angry and went home to sulk. It took a few days before he looked at himself honestly and said the counselor was right, he WAS just plain selfish. That was 30+ years ago and he has not been late since. People now trust him again and he is much happier because he has also learned other ways to be thoughtful and mannerly.
My friendly adviser on Judaic thought says that wasting other people’s time by causing them to wait for you is considered a sin. It is a theft, theft of time and purpose, pure and simple.
I discussed this with a good friend who has the heart and soul of an mathematician. Remembering that the Bible says a year in God’s time is as thousand years to man, she got out her scientific calculator and figured that if we live our full three-score years and ten, we are away from our home with God for 3.8 seconds of His time. Wow, talk about a small moment to accomplish our tasks here on earth!
We all need to remember to use our 3.8 seconds wisely, it really is the stuff life’s made of.