THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’
In 1963, my favorite songwriter Bob Dylan wrote “The Times They Are A-Changin’”.
are better and farther along in their lives than I was when their age. The trick is to do your best in aiming and releasing the arrow, then let it go … let it go. So what’s the target? It’s not engineering, marketing, nursing, sales, or any other profession. The target is Truth. I aimed my arrows at the Truth.
“Come gather ‘round, people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone If your time to you is worth savin’ And you better start swimmin’ Or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin’ ... ”
“ ... The line it is drawn The curse it is cast The slow one now Will later be fast As the present now Will later be past The order is rapidly fadin’ And the first one now Will later be last For the times they are a-changin’.” We are but a speck on the timeline of eternity. In Ecclesiastes 3 we are
The seasons of our lives are a changin’ too. I was forty-four years old when I started Plumb Smart Inc. My children were fourteen, twelve and eight. The fourteen year old now lives in Colorado Springs, CO and has her own consulting business. The twelve year old is now married and she has a great husband and a beautiful one year old daughter and lives in Cincinnati, OH. My son, the eight year old, now works with me and when he’s not plumbing, he can often be found in a local pub somewhere playing his guitar and singing his own homemade songs.
taught, “There is a season for everything, and a time for every event under heaven … ”
“ ... Come mothers and fathers Throughout the land And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand Your sons and your daughters Are beyond your command Your old road is rapidly agin’ Please get out of the new one If you can’t lend your hand For the times they are a-changin’ ... ”
Are you at the beginning, middle or end of a season of life? I think we are always in phases of transitioning into and through all three. Learn from the past but don’t dwell on it. Manage the present. Enjoy each moment as much as possible but don’t get trapped in it so that you can’t be looking ahead to the future. If you and your arrows are aimed at the Truth, you can flex and bend and still hit your marks as the times, your seasons of life, are a changin’.
My wife, Dianne, and I have found ourselves empty nesters. The times, they did change. I heard once that good parenting is propelling your children forward like an archer shooting arrows at a target. My wife and I have proved to be decent archers. I feel like our “arrows” are hitting their targets. All three of my children
–Pa u l Little
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