In retrospect, Time Alive is a perfect title to express the urgency of valuing our time, while we’re alive. Not only alive, but when we still have keen perception, intelligence and understanding. We want to savor all the bounty available to us now—yes, this very moment—when we still have our wits about us!
It’s no secret that the most basic meaning of life is to enjoy ourselves as fully as is humanly possible while we can. When we learn how to live well, to appreciate being able to work and love, and love our work, we’re fulfilling our responsibility to humanity. A fundamental obligation to the universe is to appreciate what fate has in store for us. Whenever we try to make the best of every real-life situation, in real time, we will feel a sense of wholeness, an understanding of completing small tasks. Our “time alive” will come to an end sooner or later. By valuing the quality of these fleeting moments, we will learn to savor the subtle, wondrous nuances of small increments of time as it ticks by one second after another.
Our Town, the book by Thornton Wilder (made into a play and movie) expresses the sheer mystery, magic and wonderment of the miracle of being alive on earth. Notice the ordinary, intimate details we can all appreciate.
Good-bye world…. Good-bye to clocks ticking ... and Mama's sunflowers. And food and coffee. And new-ironed dresses and hot baths … and sleeping and waking up. Oh, earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you.