The Tincture of Time

By Adrian Molina

So, I caught the flu. The real deal.

It hit me hard, keeping me down for over a week. I knew the fever was serious when I started seeing shadowy images of my dog Buddha dancing on the walls. That’s how high the fever was.

It came out of nowhere, and despite my attempts to fight it, I found myself confined to bed. A brief telemedicine visit and five prescriptions later, I had a strict schedule of medications to follow for the next few days.

The doctor didn’t hold back, prescribing everything from nasal sprays to Albuterol, syrups, pills, and more. Though I felt miserable, the priority was bringing the fever down, even if the shadows of my dog on the wall provided a strangely entertaining distraction.

We’re living in interesting times.

Not the best, not the worst.

Back in 1918, the Spanish flu swept across the globe, infecting about a third of the world’s population and resulting in over 50 million deaths worldwide—a haunting chapter in human history.

This flu hit me harder than anything before, worse than Covid. Though it felt like the end of the world, I knew it wasn’t.

I wanted to watch TV, but my body protested.

I wanted to read, but my body rebelled. 

I wanted to read, but my body rebelled. 

I consumed more water than the Niagara Falls.

In those forced moments of a hard stop, you realize how fast life races by. In moments of forced pause and reflection, you understand how disconnected we’ve become. A dear friend, who happens to be a doctor, shared a simple truth with me: “It really is tincture of time.”

So, the reflection is clear—slow down. You’ll never outpace time, nor should you try. Natural healing and recovery occurs with the passage of time. Sometimes, the ultimate remedy lies in accepting this truth—allowing things the opportunity to heal themselves.


  • Adrian Molina

    Adrian Molina, a prominent figure in community organization and mental health advocacy, dedicates his life to fostering connections and effecting positive change, particularly among marginalized groups. With a background in social service, including work in homeless shelters and maximum security prisons, Adrian emphasizes the importance of mind-body practices in healthcare and law enforcement. As the founder of Warrior Flow, Adrian offers trauma-informed yoga education worldwide, targeting those in community outreach and the medical field. He's a passionate mental health advocate, volunteering with crisis hotlines, serving as an ambassador for NAMI, and training for various programs focused on suicide prevention and child abuse. Adrian is also working on a memoir exploring themes of mental health, resilience, and growth. Adrian's influence spans globally, inspiring hope and change in countless lives. Click link below to learn more about Adrian’s work.