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Time – The Greatest Gift of All

March 16, 2019

This post is in collaboration with Adexe London

Time. Those four little letters that have such an impact on everything that life is about. The thing that we always wish we had more of, wish that it slowed down, wish that at times, we could rewind or pause. How many times do we hear people say that they don’t have time, or that they cant find time for something? How much time do those same people waste? My family and I have been made very much aware that time really is the greatest gift of all, so I wanted to share a short trip down memory lane, as well as discuss with a few friends what they would do with snippets of time

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Rose Gold Sistine Petite Adexe London

My Granddad was a lover of clocks. He had a thing for buying old broken ones from charity shops, and bringing them home to fix them. He would take them apart, all of the intricate dials and innards of the clock spread out before him, and bring that clock back to life. As a child, I thought he was some kind of magic worker, that he could re-start time. I believed that until the clock started ticking again, time was paused. Id will him to not get that clock ticking for a while. Giving me more of this precious time with him. Just him and me.

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A special Moment in Time, my grandparents had just learnt they were going to be Great Grandparents

My child mind did not understanding that time wasn’t standing still while the clock was stopped. Id sit at the table, watching in wonder as he would get that tiny hand, tick, tick ticking again, restarting and spelling out the passing time. As he worked, he would be telling me stories of his own passed time. Stories of he and my nan going to dances in their younger days. Of him and his brother saving for a year just to buy a hand made suit. Id have my head resting on my hands, hanging on his every word, so happy to pass time with him and his stories…..

I always think its weird how the universe works. It seems to bring you what you need, when you need it. Recently, I was contacted by London based watch company, Adexe London, who asked me if I would like to work on a collaboration with them. The strange thing here is that I had been thinking of my Granddad so much lately. Perhaps because of the situation my family is currently in? When major things happen in life, it makes you reflective, draws memories from as though you need to assure yourself that your head is still holding those precious snapshots of happy times.

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https://adexe.co.uk/collections/petite/products/sistine-mesh-petite-rosegold
Rose Gold Sistene Petite

During my reminiscing, I had decided that I was going to buy a watch, as a reminder of my Granddad, his stories, his “magical” restarting of time. I had even started looking online at watches. The very next day Adexe contacted me! It made this collaboration feel very poignant, meaningful, and of course the watches are beautiful! I chose the Sistene Petite in Rose Gold, and I haven’t taken it off since it arrived! What I loved about the watches Adexe London offer, is that they are classic in design, stylish and still have a modern edge. You even get an additional leather strap included with your watch, as an alternative to the metal, (this is what my Granddad would have had, always a leather strap) so that you can change the look of the watch. They have a gorgeous range, and at such great prices!

Time the greatest gift

Thinking of my Granddad, and of how time is so precious, got me wondering. If I were to have inherited my Granddads gift of “controlling time”, and I could pause your day to day life to gift you time that you could do exactly what you wanted, nowhere you have to be, no job you have to do, how would how would you spend it? Imagine that I gifted you an hour, or 24 hours. How would you use those times?

time the greatest gift

My hour would be spent having tea with my husband in a cute cafe where we could watch the sea. We would sit in comfortable silence, side by side, watching the waves crash to shore, just “being”.

My 24 hours would be used to jump in the car and head off to a tranquil cabin in the woods, with my family, that is set on the edge of a lake. There would be log burners and fluffy blankets to keep us toasty should the temperature cool, a huge table to seat us all at for a simple yet delicious evening meal, and if I were really lucky, a hot tub on the veranda outside to sit in under the stars. We would sit outside, wrapping the blankets around us as the air chilled when the sun lazily slid down the sky and eased into the lake. The sunset would be our time keeper, nudging us to go back inside the cabin and perhaps pour some wine, share some memories. There would no tv, no internet and we would have long conversations, laughs that came from our souls and just enjoy each others company until the early hours. We would just know how lucky we were to have this time.

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slow sunsets

I asked some of my blogging friends this question, and I thought I would share their answers.

Lisa from Glowology;

one hour – Lunch on the beach with all my family, (and Troy our dog) drinking cocktails, telling jokes and the kids would be talking about all of their dreams and plans.

24 hours of time – I would wake up with the hubby, in a luxury lodge in the Kruger. Outside on the veranda is a private pool, a jacuzzi and a breakfast of eggs benadict, with coffee and fruit. The kidults would be in a lodge next door, and join us for breakfast. We would then set off on a safari, and (in my magical world) we would be able to cuddle and stroke all of the animals from lions, to tigers and giraffes. Back at the lodge Id have a spa treatment, and I would meditate with a spiritual teacher for an hour. The rest of my family would then arrive and we would have a big dinner, watching the sunset with Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Elle Fitzgerald playing softly. We would reminisce and drink and I would not sleep until those 24 hours were up.

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Beautiful Leopard, Image from Pixabay

Ellie from The Wandering Quinn

Gift of one hour: I would sit in silence, breathe, journal, read. One hour is plenty of time to quieten our minds but often I don’t take the time to do it, when I do I find it very useful and know it’s important so if I was given the gift of an extra hour, this is what I would do.

Gift of 24hours: Right now because I am travelling I would fly home and spend 24 hours at home, with my family, in my own bed, see my dog and reset before heading back to travel.

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taking time to breathe and pause

Bejal from Be-Lavie

one hour – I would spend the time with my husband, telling him I love him. We would chat about the happy times we had enjoyed all over the world and while home. We would spend our hour reminiscing over the beautiful memories we have made.

24 hours – This time would be spent with my family and closest friends. We would fly to Florence, Italy and eat truffle pasta at my favourite restaurant. We would talk and laugh and reminisce until the time ran out. A perfect 24 hours.

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Florence, Italy

I absolutely loved chatting to these ladies about how they would spend their time. It really made me think as well about the ways that my time should be spent, what I should make more time for. People, making memories, sharing moments of time, THAT is what life is all about.

Time. It really is the most precious gift of all. I would love to know how you would spend one hour, 24 hours. What would you do in that time? Have you always longed for more time to do something? Let me know in the comments. Oh and if you like the idea of physically gifting some one time, Adexe have given me a discount code of 15% for you. Just use the code KERRYLIFELOVE15 and it is valid until 30/4/19

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17 responses to “Time – The Greatest Gift of All”

  1. Bejal says:

    Fantastic post Kerry and so honoured to be featured! What a stunning time piece you have there too x

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Thank you so much for musing with me. I appreciate it. I found thinking about how I would spend the time made me focus more on where my time should be directed. I think we can lose sight a little dont you.
      Its such a pretty watch isnt it, it gets lots of compliments. Thank you for reading x

  2. Time. It goes by way too quickly doesn’t it Kerry? The older I get the quicker it goes. Mum used to say that and now I’m on the older side I realise how true that is! The watch is beautiful btw xx

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      It is so true. I suppose as we get older we get busier, there is more demands on our time so it seems to rush by? Thank you, I love my watch. Its going to be gorgeous in the summer I think. Love it! Thank you for reading xxx

  3. Alex Grace says:

    This is beautiful Kerry (your writing and the watch!) somebody said to me the other day – time hasn’t changed just our perception of it. I always feel that I don’t have enough time and then I meet someone who is doing everything I am but then so much more and I just think how? We have the same amount of time in the day – it’s given me something to think about. Really enjoyed reading this Kerry xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ah Im so happy to hear that it made you think Alex, and I know I wrote it, but it did the same to me. It made me sit and think of how I would love to spend my time, how I waste time etc. I think the thing is we all take time for granted dont we. Thank you so much for reading, and thank you for your kind comment xxxx

  4. Lauretta says:

    A lovely post Kerry – very thought-provoking. It’s strange how significant events make us focus on time more. Totally understandable of course as we all want to make the most of our downtime and spending time with family. It’s the most important thing isn’t it? X

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      It really is the most important, you are right. I thought it was very revealing that the people I asked about time, all wanted to spend it with people. Not shopping or being around stuff, but being with their loved ones. There is hope for the human race yet hahaha! Thank you for reading, and I am so glad it made you think xxxxx

  5. I loved reading this Kerry, reminiscing and thinking about family who are sadly no longer with us is such a valuable way to spend time. I think a lot of us take time for granted, and even waste time, when in fact time is such a precious thing. The watch is beautiful by the way, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Thank you so much for reading Fiona. I think that you have hit the nail on the head, we always think we have time! I think it does us good to think about how we would really love to spend a day etc, it focuses us on whats important doesn’t it xx

  6. Lisa says:

    Hi Kerry – sorry it has taken me so long to get around to commenting! How wonderful your Grandad sounds – and what beautiful memories he has left you with. I really am with you on the fact that the Universe sometimes sends you little signs – the Adexe watch was definitely a sign! What a beauty it is too. I’m really honoured that you asked me for my thoughts on what I would do with my time and I loved the answers from all your friends – travel, family, friends and animals seem to play the biggest part in all of our lives don’t they? Maybe it’s because we love them the most – and they us. Great, heart-felt writing as always Kerry! Big hugs, Lisa xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ahhh Lisa don’t apologise! The pleasure was absolutely all mine. I loved hearing everyones answers. I also loved how telling it was that it was people mainly that we wanted to spend our time with. We have hope in the human race yet haha! I loved how it made us all think of our perfect days. I think the Universe is always sending signs, we just have to recognise them xx Thank you so much for taking part xxxx

  7. jacqueline Clark says:

    Loved reading that Kerry, I think that whenever i feel anxious about anything i should sit and think of what i would do if I had 24 hours to spare, I know I would without a question be walking in a wood filled with spring flowers with the sound of a beautiful waterfall in the background and all the dogs i have had and still have running beside me, also knowing that my 6 grandchildren will be in the same beautiful woods playing……. but just at the far end ha ha ha.

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Well that 24 hours sounds perfect! I would love that too. Out in nature, relaxed and happy. Perfect! x

  8. Anaïs N. says:

    Wow, loved reading this post!!!

I love reading your comments x

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