Time slowed as the coffee cup slid from the counter and took it’s maiden voyage to the ceramic floor below. Shattering fragment mixed with the hot blacken java as Jack stood there helpless only to watch. There wasn’t time for this. His routine was already behind schedule due an unscheduled power outage compromising his alarm. A near by towel made quick work of the mess, and soon he was back to the list of morning agendas; most important was getting some coffee.
Using his cell phone to maneuver though his house, it began to beep. A quick glance revealed he had ten percent battery. Forcing a smirk Jack was determined not to let this deter him. It was Friday, payday, and a three day weekend was starting after work. His optimism dissipated as he stepped into the cold shower. How long was the power off? He asked himself. It was times like this he wished his apartment came with a full size water heater. On the bright side, he had no reason to stall. Drying off, he made his way to the sink to comb his hair and brush his teeth. One more look at his appearance and he was off to get dressed. His work uniform eased the task of picking out clothes for the day. Under garments, blue shirt with his name over the left pocket, blue jeans, and steel-toed boots were donned. Grabbing his lunch and keys he rushed out the door. To his dismay, he was greeted with a flat tire. Well, why not it’s been that type of morning already. After calling his work, to let them in on his delay, Jack started changing his tire. As he took the lug nuts off, he reflected on the morning. Had he been twenty years younger his anger would have been a big factor. However, time, age, and wisdom has a way of calming people down. The morning sky began to illuminate with a soft amber hue. Birds began to call, as an air of serenity captivated the moment. As Jack tightened the last lug nut and lowered the truck, he began to take pride in his age. He wasn’t the irrational, loud mouth, quick to anger boy that he use to be. No, now he was happy. Life happens and Jack knew what it took to keep a positive outlook.
Although he was late, Jack never rushed to catch up. He was were he was, and he was going to enjoy the moment. Frantically his boss approached asking if he was going to make up for the hour lost.
Jack gave him a grey bearded smile. “That hour was never lost. I know exactly how it was spent, along with the rest of the time this morning.”