The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
If you are looking for something that requires a little imagination and some flexibility, this is your book. This is the very unusual story of Father Time — that is, how time began to be measured and by whom and what the impact of that measurement was on all the people who came after. It is the story also of Sarah, who is a teenager who experiences her first heartbreak and of Victor, who is aged and ill but wants to extend his time on Earth as long as possible. Father Time must reconcile his urge to measure time with leading the other 2 characters in how to appreciate the time they have without wishing it to be other than it is.
The story is told in a fairytale manner but it definitely reaches out to the reader and implores you to think about how you yourself consider time. Certainly, anyone living/working in New York City, with the usual demands on one’s time can relate to the pressures therein. Never enough time! I can’t wait to get through this week! I wish there were more hours in the day! We all obsess about time.
We can all learn from the very urgent message in this book… Appreciate the time you have and make the most of it. And whatever it is, it is the right amount of time. (I just hope I remember this when it comes to my next deadline …)