Thursday, March 18, 2010

I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date!

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
-Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

As this bible verse suggests, there is a time for everything! This includes timing as it relates to nonverbal communication. As we have learned from the text, the way we each utilize our time communicates how we feel towards a certain person or how seriously we take a certain job, class or event.

video: I'm late!

With all the hype over the new Alice in Wonderland movie, I started to analyze Disney's take on the rushed rabbit. The rabbit is the first thing Alice sees in her dream and the curiosity of where he is headed causes her to fall into the tunnel and begin her journey through Wonderland. In today's society, children that are 8 years old can't be told apart from teenagers with their highlights and fake nails along with their skimpy clothing. I believe that the rabbit in Alice's dream can be connected to how her anxiety about growing up and feeling rushed to do so. Time is a very valuable thing and can't be taken lightly. The more immediate we respond to people, the more immediacy exists between the two; in this case, a sense of urgency is beneficial to life. On the other hand, trying to rush through life and finish each phase as quickly as possible cheats you out of enjoying life to its' fullest. In conclusion, I challenge you all to balance the two: urgency and peacefulness. Be quick to respond to those in need and the ones you truly care about while living each day with a sense of peace that keeps you from missing out on life.


  1. Well said! If we leave peacefully, I think that we will not feel rushed all the time. Peacefully does not mean slow, but it does mean slow down. There is a time for urgency and quickness and a time for relaxation and slowness. Time should be balanced.

  2. So true! It is crazy to think that, for the most part, we do not take time seriously. While we feel time passing too quickly for us to accomplish all that we want to accomplish, we still attempt to rush time to reach the next stage in our life. How valuable time truly is to us! Thanks for the reminder to enjoy the time we are given each day!

  3. Perfect verse for this subject! You also brought up many good points. Children today are missing out on the joys of childhood, because they are in a race to grow up. It’s sad! Anyways, I love that you tied in Alice in Wonderland... great movie!

  4. I agree that time isn’t taken seriously in our society and when time does become a factor it causes stress because being late is almost second nature to some people.