An Examination of My Use of Time



Leo Rock, SJ
(Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits, 20)

Killing time

How do I kill time?
Let me count the ways.

By worrying about things
over which I have no control.
Like the past,
Like the future.

By harboring resentment
and anger
over hurts
real or imagined.

By disdaining the ordinary
or, rather, what I
so mindlessly
call ordinary.

By concern over what’s in it for me,
rather than what’s in me
for it.

By failing to appreciate what is
because of might-have-beens,
should-have-beens,
could-have-beens.

These are some of the ways
I kill time.

Jesus didn’t kill time.
He gave life to it.
His own.

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