It is Finished

It Is Finished!  What does the phrase, “it is finished” mean?  Does it mean, over and done with? Does it mean that it is accomplished?  These were Jesus’s last words on the cross (John 19:30).  Did he mean that his life was over or was he saying that his life’s work was over?  Somehow, while I did not want to seem blasphemous, this phrase was echoing in my mind and it seemed a fitting way to end my Time Blog.  What does “it is finished,” mean?

I started this blog sometime in October of 2009.  A friend of mine had asked me what I had written recently.  This was several years after my last book was published (1998) and I had not been writing for several years.  He noted that it was a shame that I was not writing and I replied “I only write if I get paid for it.”  Later on I thought about this and upon some reflection realized that in writing one does it because they love it but not necessarily because you think you will make any money on it.  Putting aside my pecuniary interests, I decided to write for love and passion.  Meaning to hell with any writing for business or clients or money, I would simply write what I felt like.

It took a while but I finally settled on the idea of writing about time. I decided that I would write a series of reflections upon the many and manifest varieties and concepts that time is associated with.  Time seems to affect every element of our lives and I am and have been (or at least thought I was) a master at using, saving, managing, deploying and creating time.  Money has tnever been important to me or my life but I am obsessed with time.  I cannot waste a minute of it. It is the most precious thing in the world to me.  It is truly (or was anyway before I started this blog) my GOD.  Along the way of writing this blog, I began to see that I was holding on to a phantom.  Time did not exist except in my mind and heart. I was creating it each morning when I woke up and letting it go each night when I went to bed. 

I decided to write a blog every weekday or at least try to.  I reasoned that more people would read my blog if it were regular and dependable.  I have now posted or written 700 blogs counting this one.  I confess that I have recycled several blogs and either edited them or expanded them as upon further thought, I decided they needed more work and could be republished.  I have written at least 500 new blogs on time over the past 3 years.  My readership grew from about 400 “views’ per month to about 3,000 views per month.

I do have some confessions to make.  Would it were only one.  However it would not be fitting or just to close my final blog without being honest.  I had thought of ending this blog many times.  Often I would write and ask for comments or feedback. I even posted polls and surveys and seldom if ever did any readers respond or reply.  It was very disappointing.  I constantly questioned the value of what I was writing and saying.  I was on the verge of quitting many times when out of the blue I would get a comment or remark from a reader with some insights, praise or questions about my blog.  This single comment out of nowhere would reenergize me.  I would decide to continue writing.  It was sufficient that at least one person knew I existed and depended upon my blog for some inspiration or motivation.  I often decided that even if only one person in the universe read my blog, I would continue writing it.  Over the years, the number of comments trickled in and it was enough to sustain me. 

My sorrow and regrets are somewhat mundane. I had selfishly and egotistically wanted my blog to grow to at least a million readers a month.  I had secretly nourished a hope that I would be “discovered” and a talk show, movie and many You Tube videos would all trumpet my talent and creativity to the world.  The days turned into weeks. The weeks turned into months and the months turned into years and here I am.  Still unknown!  Still unheralded!  Still not a celebrity!  Many others with what seemed to me much less talent and much less to say were feted and lauded every single day.  From Donald Trump to Sarah Palin, fools like these make millions on talk shows, speeches and lectures.  Is value truly determined by the quality of what we have to say?  Dr.  Deming and many of my other mentors all sent a message that quality was more important than quantity.  Have I been lacking in some intrinsic quality that is necessary in order to find fame and fortune?  Have I been too mean spirited to the gods above or perhaps not offered Zeus the right sacrifice?  Why have Oprah and Sally and Jay and Barbara not called upon me for advice and recognition? 

One of my other friends cautioned me.  She said “write about things that uplift people.  Do not write negative ideas and spend your time criticizing or harping on the evils of the world.”  She said, people will take more note and value from your writing if you spend more time on the positive side of life than the negative.  For the most part, I agreed with her and I would say that I have tried to write inspirations and motivations to help others. However, I decided that there is also a role for me to speak out against what I perceive as the evils and injustices in the world.  I reasoned that a little lecture would not turn off to many readers and might just help to mobilize others against injustice. 

One of my most proud efforts is my series of blogs on immigration.  I was worried that many people would take offense at my opinions.  Living in Arizona, I was even advised that it might be dangerous to write about this subject when the tensions and feelings are running so high.  Nevertheless, for many reasons I chose to speak out against the anti-immigration forces.  I truly do not know whether my comments made one iota of difference to anyone but it seemed the right thing to do.  I am constantly reminded of the quote by Edmund Burke (1729-1797) that “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Thus, I have taken the negative road several times over the years to speak out against what I thought were evils in the world.  If you hated or loved these blogs, it really did not matter to me.  My faith was that somewhere on this planet, I might make a difference to someone who felt hopeless, unloved or unlovable. 

Jesus in his ministry consistently noted that we must help the poor.

John 3:17 –  But if someone who is supposed to be a Christian has money enough to live well, and sees a brother in need, and won’t help him–how can God’s love be within him ?

John 3:18 –  Little children, let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them, and show it by our actions.

I will end this blog with the famous words of Dr. Martin Luther King“If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.”

I don’t pretend to have the depth or piety of Jesus or Dr. King, but I have hoped that over the years some good would come to the world from my writings. 

But difference or no difference to the world, it is time to move on.  For those of you who have been faithful readers, part-time readers or sent comments and feedback, I want to thank you. Go and do likewise.  This blog is finished.

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    Jun 30, 2012 @ 02:12:52

    John, I'll admit that I haven't been a regular reader, but the concept of your writing about time has intrigued me. And despite my lack of reading, I'm a bit sad that you're ending your blog. I would say you have done so on a high note. Your encouragement to turn thoughts into action is well-placed. I do hope that you'll find another outlet for your thoughts.
    All the best to you,
    Jon Carlson

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  2. John Persico
    Jun 30, 2012 @ 02:17:39

    Thanks Jon, Hope our paths cross again someday. Best to you, John

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  3. Anonymous
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 18:44:41

    Hi John, I think 3,000 views per month is very respectable! I always find what you have to say very interesting. Your a kind, caring, and interesting man. You have an interesting perspective on things, on time, on life, and by sharing that with us you always left us with something worth thinking about. I have always believed that time is my most precious commodity and I'm thankful that we had the opportunity to share some time with each other. I have enjoyed your blog, I admire your dedication to it and I thank you for sharing it with us! Thank you my friend! Take care and enjoy making the most of your time!
    Rick.

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  4. Bruce Galbreath
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 19:02:56

    Let me echo “John Persico” above and thank you for the stimulation. I hope that our path manage to cross again, whether in cyber space or real space. I don't know if you have much time for novels (I don't), but I was linked to one the day before yesterday, a dystopian one that I found so moving that I've spent a lot of the time while reading it in tears. It makes me appreciate what we have, and feel how fragile it all is.

    http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/21916902/1931499887/name/William+R+Forstchen+-+One+Second+After.pdf

    Good Luck,

    Bruce

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  5. Jeanine
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 13:58:11

    I for one think you write the MOST interesting blogs!! You are famous to me and my life is richer because of you.
    I love you with all my heart and I am so happy to have you as a brother. I am sorry, “It is finished”, and I am sure I speak for all the people who have been following,”Reflections on Time”.

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  6. John Persico
    Aug 18, 2012 @ 13:52:01

    Thanks Bruce, funny, I don't read much fiction either. I much prefer nonfiction. Take Care, John

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  7. John Persico
    Aug 18, 2012 @ 13:52:27

    Thanks Jeanine, Love you John

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  8. John Persico
    Aug 18, 2012 @ 14:04:16

    Thanks Jon, hope things are going well with you.

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  9. jacobp81
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 22:57:14

    It is a noble effort to write to make a difference. I too hope for what I write to make just a little difference for good. When we see injustice we should always speak out against it. Even if we believe we will be ignored, because it's the right thing to do.

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  10. John Persico
    Nov 29, 2012 @ 00:30:38

    Jacob, when you have time, read my other 500 blogs. Start with one a day for inspiration and at the end of a year or two you will be so inspired, you may be able to walk on water.

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  11. John Persico
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 19:19:34

    Very good points you make about injustice Jacob.

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  12. jbird504
    Dec 08, 2012 @ 22:08:39

    Hello John,
    This is my first time on your site and I wish you the best of luck for your future endeavors. Even though this is your last post I will read more from your body of work in order to spark new ideas within my self moving forward. By no accident is this blog here so move on to where ever your intuition is directing you. have no fear

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  13. Prince
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 17:52:15

    Wow..”It is finished”, I was searching via google for the relationship between patience and time, and your blog popped up..I read through some of your posts and am yet to stand aright,bcos I was knocked off my feet. Thanks a lot for sharing these inspirations, I wish you all the best life has got to offer and most especially the beauty of good success via time and patience… Nelly from Nigeria (www.nysctatafo.blogspot.com)

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  14. John Persico
    Mar 17, 2014 @ 16:14:13

    Thank you for the comments. You may find my new blog interesting as well. It is at http://www.agingcapriciously.com I went there to write in a somewhat different style and to explore new ideas.

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  15. John Persico
    Mar 17, 2014 @ 16:15:49

    Thanks Rick, I appreciate your comments. I should have got back to you much sooner. My new blog is at http://www.agingcapriciously.com. You may enjoy some of these as well.

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  16. John Persico
    Mar 17, 2014 @ 16:17:17

    Thank you Nelly, Such nice comments. I really appreciate them. You may also find my new blog site interesting. It is at http://www.agingcapriciously.com

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