Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tempus Fugit

Unaccustomed as I am to speaking in Latin this is an unusual title for a post (but hey, these days every post is unusual so what the heck!!) anyway back to Tempus Fugit or when translated into English "Time Flies" - today was one of those days where it stopped for a moment just to let me notice its passage.

Today I celebrated two years working with The Best Coffee Company On The Planet, and what a fabulous two years it's been. Full of ups and downs, ins and outs, stops & goes but mostly some good solid progress getting from where we were to where we are going. It's all good.

My job (ODD) is one where progress is measured in months and years rather than hours and days; the changes are often marked by refusal, rebuttal, resistance, reticence and then perhaps some grudging acceptance leading to accommodation and then adoption. Man is it a test of character to see who wins!

Probably as a result of my infinitesimally small measurements of work progress I just LOVE pretty much all celebratory events that mark the passage of time or other significant outcomes. Birthdays, Anniversary's, New Years, New Babies, New Jobs, New Outfits - you name it and I could probably find a reason to celebrate it and why not?

This is what Wikipedia says about Tempus Fugit so clearly it must be right..."The expression was first recorded in the poem Georgics written by Roman poet VirgilSed fugit interea fugit irreparabile tempus, singula dum capti circumvectamur amore, which means, "But meanwhile it flees: time flees irretrievably, while we wander around, prisoners of our love of detail."

I really think Virgil was onto something when he wrote this poem, conscious that as we focus on the minute details of every day TIME IS FLYING, IRRETRIEVABLY! will never come back and as a result we must cherish each moment, each event, each breakthrough; if we don't do it now we'll never get the opportunity to do it again.

I'm so thrilled that I got to spend the last two years of my Fugit-ing Tempus where I was at with the folks I was with doing the things we did. We've toiled, learned, laughed, cried and my how we've grown. Thank you God.