The power to stop time

Do you ever wish life came with a pause button?

I decided recently that if I were to choose any superpower in the world, it would be the ability to make time stand still.

How often do we wish for just one more minute with someone we care about? One more chance to review a project before we submit it? Just a little more time with the sunshine on a rare warm fall day?

There’s just never enough time for all the things life offers us.

The almighty Daylight Savings gods pushed back the fall Daylight Savings change to the first week in November, and for the first time in my life, I find myself a bit anxious for the time change.

I read a story recently where sleep experts said we should all take the extra hour during Daylight Savings on Saturday and invest it in sleep. I don’t think I’ll end up doing that. Last year I started a new Daylight Savings ritual and I think it’s one I’ll stick to.

Of course, it’s likely that I will in fact be asleep at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, Nov. 4 – the precise time when Daylight Savings occurs. But, like last year, I think I’ll spend my extra hour on some of the things I wish I had more time for.

I’ll deliberately wait until Sunday afternoon, stop every clock in my possession and enjoy one hour of superpower. I doubt I’ll do anything amazing. I probably won’t even do anything notable.

In 2006, I read part of a book that inspires me. I called some people to tell them I was thinking about them. I sat on the steps at my house and breathed in a warm October afternoon. Then, suddenly my hour was over. I was back on a schedule. Time was going again, and my superpower was gone.

But in that hour, I did something much more valuable than gain an extra hour of sleep. I realized life with the superpower to stop time wouldn’t be much different for me.

It’s not about having enough time – it’s about having the right priorities. And none of us need super-powers for that.

But still, it’s nice to have an extra hour to remember that.