“Sayin’ goodbye is not easy. How will I ever explain? Everyone looks just like cardboard pictures, falling apart in the rain…Running, yes I am, wave goodbye to all the trains. If I’m looking for a river that goes on forever, then I guess I’ll have to go away. Sayin’ goodbye is not easy. How will I ever explain?…” – “I’ll Have To Go Away”, recorded by David Cassidy from, “Getting’ It In The Street” album, 2014. Composers: Renee Armand & Kerry Chater
1970 was an impact year for the young David Cassidy. The musical-sitcom, The Partridge Family, launched its first season on ABC. The story is of a single mom with five kids heading up a pop-rock band made up of the entire family. David Cassidy played the lead singer, Keith Partridge. He was only 20 years old at the time.
Although Mr. Cassidy had millions of residual fans spinning off from the TV show, after the series’ end he struggled to be taken seriously as an authentic rock star. Alcohol and substance abuse addictions plagued his journey throughout the next few decades.
Fast forward to the last couple of years, he began to experience dementia issues. While on stage, he tussled with recalling the lyrics of his own songs, and the city and venue in which he was performing. I personally was saddened when he passed away recently from organ failure. The comet of this star burned out quickly. David was only 67.
Family members of David Cassidy gathered around his bedside in ICU during his last days of life. The reports from various family members said, when awake from a coma, he was in good spirits, considering the circumstances. He lit up like a Christmas tree seeing many of his family walk through the door, albeit for a short time. His daughter, actress, Katie Cassidy tweeted out a heart-wrenching statement after her father’s death. She wrote that before his life ended, David’s final words were, “So much wasted time.”
Katie Cassidy states that she learned something from her father’s final words; may we, as well.
Singer/Songwriter, Jim Croce comes to mind from his “Time In A Bottle” classic. “If I could save time in a bottle, the first thing that I’d like to do, is to save every day ‘til eternity passes away just to spend them with you.”
TIME! It’s not just the title of a magazine. It’s ruled by the orbits and rotations of the moon and planets, so precise that all humanity survives on it to the millisecond. Time is overwhelming in its weightiness. The poundage outweighs the earth’s oceans. You can’t buy it, barrow it, cheat it, shape it or maneuver it. You can’t retract it. You can’t delete it, displace it, delay it or deny it. Time is a raging creature, almost stealthy with a speed which cannot be reversed. During the trek of time, it only shifts to one gear: forward drive. If you believe you can do the above, in the end, time will rise up, chain you and place you in the town square while selling tickets to see the town fool. Time. It will overtake you like a steamroller.
If David Cassidy were able to communicate to us today, I believe he would speak through the filter of a time management consultant. Maybe he would advise us with the following. Find the time to fill in the blank. We are at the midnight hour of 2017. There is still time to hug more, kiss more, write more letters, Christmas cards and emails. There is still time to get clean and sober. Time says, “Make that apology while you can!” There is still more time to pick up the phone and call just to say, “I love you.” There is still time to give of your blessings to bless someone else. There is still time to stand in the Santa line with your favorite munchkin. There is still time to have lunch with that old friend who helped to change your direction in life. David might shout, “TAKE THE TIME!”
Scripture calls out the urgency of wisely using the time allotted to us. “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today’…” “And it came to pass…” “The time is at hand…” In fact, if David Cassidy could be with us today, I firmly believe he would agree with St Paul. “Therefore watch carefully how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise; redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Eph 5:15-16)
Take the time to add fuel for the race.