I think, write, feel, and dream — a lot — about time.
I have been doing that, for a very long time. That is the absolute truth.
I believe I am not alone, focusing on time. Here are some thoughts about time that have helped me (and others), many times:
Your time on earth is not unlimited.
Every moment is precious.
The past is the past.
We cannot know the future.
The only thing we have, for sure, is the present.
There is no time like the present.
You have all the time you need.
That last line might seem like a contradiction, at times. However, that thought is absolutely necessary, for me, to let go of anxiety about time.
At work, I feel I have too much to do and not enough time to do it.
My third-year work anniversary is August 2. That is, absolutely, three days from the time I am writing this.
If I am to remain healthy in mind, soul, and body, I must find ways to deal with time-based anxiety.
I am inspired, by problems, to seek solutions. I am doing the best I can, with the time I have.
I had absolute time, yesterday, for all these images:
I have the time and space for one more photo, this morning:
I always have time for comments and questions.
Do you have time, today?
Thanks to Jean Luc Ponty, to the lovely woman at the front desk where I work, to all who are dealing with time in any way, and to you — absolutely! — for taking the time to be here, now.
As I think I’ve mentioned before time is a fascination of mine and in fact I teach a course about the history of time and time keeping, with a smattering of psychology and sociology in there. I find it fascinating. A book you might enjoy reading some time if called the Geography of Time. It was refreshing to read that other cultures have completely different concepts of time and it has helped me realize that I have choices when it comes to how I use my time.
There are numerous studies that show that time causes a lot of stress and anxiety in our culture because we are so time conscious here. Clocks have to be accurate, we schedule things by the minute, we have deadlines, and we are never very far from a clock. Even if you choose not to wear a watch, your cell phone and computer are happy to tell you the exact time with error of no more than a 1000th of a second. What studies show is that the economic success of a country is generally correlated to how the view time. So you can thank your wealth on that. In such countries time IS money, but of course money does not by happiness. Thus it makes one question why are we paying so much attention to the clock if it doesn’t get us anywhere? Of course the economic success is a bit of a chicken and the egg, once you start focusing on profit, you must also start paying extra attention to time and vice-versa. (and of course there are historical reasons that got this world to the point of being able to measure time to the 10 billionth of a second)
The way in which we keep time I think is counter to the way we naturally operate. We evolved in the sun and shadows. A clock of sorts of course, but not a precise one. We move through the world with an implicit understanding that one event follows the next, but we don’t time stamp it. We measure time linearly, but ask any person alive and they will remember events where time seemed to move more slowly or quickly and so we experience time very non-linearly. I believe this disconnect is a source of stress.
So what’s the answer? I mean one can’t really escape one’s life so easily, but there are things you can do to take a break from time. Try taking a break from all electronic devices. This is easiest done perhaps while camping or something. But make an effort on a weekend or even a day to just not look at the clock. It might feel uncomfortable at first but I think you’ll find that it actually becomes quite enjoyable. But if that isn’t possible, just try doing it for an evening. One of the things you will learn about in reading the book I recommended is something called “Event Time”. This is where you time is measured by what you are doing not when it is happening according to the clock. It could be a simple thing as not having a scheduled dinner time. Or rather thinking of “dinner time” as simply the evening meal regardless of when in the evening it happens. When it comes to time I, I think Harry Chapin expresses my thoughts on it perfectly so I shall leave you with this song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Gvhkr3v8iU
Thank you for taking the time to read my long comment. Whenever I talk about time, I find it hard to be brief. 🙂