Author Archives: Melody Wattenbarger
When I was younger, I never believed it when older people told me that the passage of time seems to speed up dramatically as the years go by. Now that I am in my 60s I realize that they were not just right. They actually understated the experience by a lot. It is inconceivable to me that 2013 is right around the corner. Another year has gone and it feels like a month has passed. It really does! I’ve been thinking a lot about what causes this universal phenomenon. I believe that when we accept our own mortality, we also realize that time is a precious commodity. I know that I often feel an overwhelming sense of urgency about getting important projects done, and I sometimes become impatient with delays and obstacles. Filling time with compelling work performed under deadline pressure makes time seem to fly by.
I think about inflation every time I fill my car up with gas. I even think about inflation when I drive by a gas station or see a picture of one. This obsession has nothing to do with me personally. Filling up my small hybrid is infrequent and inexpensive. What causes me to think about inflation every time I am near a gas station is the knowledge that a single penny of increase in the price of diesel has a $400 impact on the food bank’s annual budget. =$400 Roadrunner’s ability to feed hungry people drops by $400 every time the price at the pump goes up by only a penny. And, even worse, every penny means that hungry people have less money in their pockets for food and other necessities. Not only do people who are already having a tough time have to pay more at the pump, rising gasoline prices drive up the cost of almost everything else they need, including food.