Letters to Tom — Time Lost

Dear Tom:

The poet asks, “Is there no time yet to come that’s not here now?”

As a parent I counseled patience. I often repeated my mother-in-law’s favorite “patience is a virtue.” As a counselor-at-law I sat behind my desk and constantly advised clients – “patience.” Whatever their frustration – the delays of the justice system, the processing of paperwork, the obstinence of the opposing party, etc., I would say, “Patience.” It is easy advice to give, and difficult advise to follow. Have you not more than once looked to the sky, and asked, “Lord give me patience.”

Most of our processes have built in time gaps. Often those gaps are designed intentionally to allow a “cooling off.” — a time for thought, a time for truce, and a time to take a long deep breath. But I return to our Poet’s query – “ Is there no time yet to come that’s not here now?” Or to ask another — “is there no time that is lost?”

I will leave you to ponder this my dear friend. We will get back to it. Webb

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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