Posted by: smilecoach | January 10, 2009

Where did the time go?

Happy New Year to you dear bloggers! 

Maybe it is just my age, but I find myself saying over and over again, “Where did the time go?”  For me it is not just an idle comment.  I really can’t believe how fast my 63 years have flown by.  Let me give you an example.  Not long ago my wife and I went to see the Lettermen perform here in Las Vegas.  As I sat there and listened to their songs, it took me right back to my school days.  I remembered dancing to their songs at “sock hops” in the high school gym.  It seemed absolutely impossible that 5 decades had passed since I first heard them sing.  How could that be?  Where did the time go? 

January has become a time for me to think about my mission and vision for my life.  I want to make sure that I have ideas in place that will lead to the next level of fulfillment of both my mission and vision.  No, I am not talking about New Year Resolutions.  This is a more profound exercise.  Saying “Where did the time go?” when it is just a comment about the speed of life is one thing.  What worries me is that I will say it because it is a comment on my not doing the things that the Divine has sent me here to do.  I don’t want to miss out on the joy that truly being me will create. 

When my daughter got married she choose the Lee Ann Rhymes song I Hope You Dance for our dance together.  The chorus says, When you get the chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.  She choose that because she said I taught her to dance whenever she got the chance. 

In 2009 I hope you choose to dance.  I hope you take every opportunity to create the life patterns that match your talents and that you take the actions to make them a reality.  Make sure when you say, “Where did the time go?” that it is just a comment on the speed of life.  Choose to dance. 



  1. Frank… my heart is leaping… amazing words today. Especially – “I don’t want to miss out on the joy that truly being me will create.” That beautiful statement is so powerful.

    Thank you for sharing these incredible thoughts and examples of your amazing life. Happy New Year!


  2. Happy New Year Terriann,

    I am delighted that you found the post to be inspiring. How is your writing going?


  3. your word is true , the first time in my life i have this Q .. in my mind where did time go ? where were i am ? i feelt new feeling as if i was sleep and just wake up ? with the smile ex and clear vision this was wanderfull year .. thanks to you and God to … But new goals more Goodness i see coming from this Q …

  4. Hi Nora,

    Once we are aware of our mission in life, time takes on a whole new meaning. We switch from worrying about the mundane tasks to a strong desire to focus on how we can use our talents to contribute to the world. I feel that you have made that shift. Congratulations!


  5. Hi Frank… 1 book is done! Have more in the works… going with childrens genre and Cape Cod. I ordered the first hard copy for final review and have to re work a few things.

    It will be on my web site… but the title is “My Cape Cod Dream” : ) Next one is “A Little Cottage” I’ll let ya know along with the rest of the world when it’s ready to be purchased.


  6. Yeah Terriann!!!!

    I can’t wait to read it.



  7. Happy New Year Frank! I’m pleased to report that I can look back on 2008 and consider it a success. I have many happy memories and few regrets. But (there’s always a but) I realize as I reflect on where did my time go, that I spent a considerable amount of time worrying. I remember worrying about my work, but nothing has really changed there. I worried about Tom’s back surgery, but that went fine. I worried about my child’s school and he’s moved up a grade and is looking forward to graduating next year and continuing on to college. I worried that I would be very lonely when my best friend moved away, and yet we’re still very close. So, in retrospect all that worry was for nothing. I have consciously decided to take the precious hours given me by our Creator for 2009 to enjoy more and worry less. I’m certain that in 2010 I will be reporting that this was the year that I cultivated my talents and experienced much joy and little angst! I appreciate the way you make me think : )

  8. Yeah Sly!!!!
    What great insights you had about 2008. I am sure 2009 will be the year of “Joyful Sly” (wonder if we can find that on the Chinese calendar)Having the courage to examine your life the way you have is very admirable. If you would like some assistance in creating a smile exercise or two to support your itention, just let me know.

    I am sending your joyful energy.


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