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Knowing What Time Is It
8/17/2016 3:12:34 PM

By Hakim Abdul-Ali 

Life is funny in ways that are easy to describe. Sometimes, valuable lessons can be taken from them if you put two and two together.

Take for example when an associate of someone I knew was recently heard by me asking that individual, "Do you know what time it is?"

This unquestioning soul, without pause or hesitation, looked at his smart watch and gave the time of the day that his timepiece indicated.

Surprisingly, the associate, who asked the question, replied, "No, man, I don't mean what time it is. I mean do you 'really' know what time it is?"

After a little mental adjustment of my part, I caught the drift of what he meant and was implying in a rather indirect manner.

The questioner was really asking the individual, who was worrying about something detected in an earlier part of their conversation, did he "really" know what time it was in the reality game of life's fragile awareness, and not the time sequence of the moment.
He wanted to wisely warn the individual about the importance of not fretting needlessly about this and that fruitless thing that he had no control over.

As I thought about how quick it was to casually (mis)interpret one leading response with another possible alternative answer, with both being correct, I thought about that question in terms of worry. I also thought of it in terms of "being in the now," if you will.
Worry is a favorite, futile time consumer for a lot of ethnic "colored" folk in "hue-manity," and that includes each and everyone of us.

It destroys so many useful things from being accomplished because it zaps the momentum out of many fruitful possibilities, activities and functions.

Far too many bewildered "colored" folk in today's society are becoming worry obsessed thinkers, turning into frozen "should, would and could have beens" as a result of the worrying habit. Please don't misinterpret worry with being "dutifully concerned," because worry is another word in my book for a non-essential waste of time, and there is a difference between the two processes, so listen carefully as you read on.

"Someone once wrote that there are two days in every week about which we should not worry: one is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our controls.

“The other day is tomorrow, with its possible adversities and blunders.”

"Until the sun rises we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is yet unborn. That leaves only one day, which is today. Any man or woman can fight the battle of just one day. It is only when we add the burden of those awful eternities, meaning yesterday and tomorrow, that we are liable to break down and get absolutely nothing accomplished."

That's an exacting message to the wise among us, and I've come to learn that worry as an activity never changes anything for the better.

Worry to me is useless stagnation of mental clarity in times when affirmative uplift is needed.

I firmly believe that "so as any ethnic 'hue-man' thinketh, so is he or she liable to become what he or she thinks."

That is a proven, no debate, actuality, and the time is now to be more proactive in thinking positively because you become what you think.

In your own personal worlds of existences and thinking, I now ask you definitively and poignantly,"What Time Is It?" Don't look at the clock or your watch, but answer with the positive thoughts in your optimistic mind-set.

Remember and realize that you are what you think. "One's thoughts are synonymous to one's actions is what always say and believe."

I leave you favorably with that this time, and for today and always, that's, "As I See It."

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