DST: it’s the minutes that really count

By Irene Wilson | Published Saturday, March 9, 2013

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Oh, no, it’s Daylight Savings Time. “Boo, hiss!” The original and still primary purpose of DST is supposedly to save energy. It debuted in 1916 during World War I in Europe, was formally adopted in 1918 by the U.S., but repealed in 1919. America has wafted in and out of Daylight Savings Time since then.

A great savings in energy seems unlikely to me when every major city is lit up “like a country church” 24-7. And will one more hour of daylight make my life fit into 24 hours a day? There’s working 9 to 5, exercising for health, chasing kids or grandkids with activities, church, grocery shopping, house cleaning, yard work, paying bills, keeping appointments. Lists are long and days are not.

I believe changing the time back and forth is a useless endeavor. Makes more sense to me to split the hour. Put 30 minutes on each end of the day and leave it from now on.

Every morning, getting up, a 24-hour span of time speads out before me. The day equals 1,440 minutes, calculating to 86,400 ticks of the clock. Those are allotted and it’s up to me to use them wisely.

Authors write books, speakers hold seminars, magazines print articles and preachers proclaim it from the pulpit; time is precious, don’t waste it. I used to make lists for each day but lost them. Filled out a calendar, but wrote appointments on the wrong day. Personal planners became ineffective when I didn’t really plan.

Personally, I don’t love Daylight Savings time. Losing or gaining an hour upsets my internal clock. For me, Daylight Savings Time is like using a blanket that’s too short – my head or my feet won’t be covered. I alone have to decide what is most important and give it my time. Ecclesiastes 3 says, “To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under the heavens…”

Daylight seems short regardless of the hour the rooster crows heralding the beginning of morning or when the crimson horizon in the west swallows the sun at the end of day. In the book The Time Keeper, Dor makes a statement, “With endless time, we can’t appreciate what we have. God limits our time to make our days more precious.”

I believe we fail to see the most important issue… it matters not how we arrange the hours in the day, but how we live the seconds God’s given us that counts.

Irene Wilson

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