What is time?
Can you see it?
Can you feel it?
Can you hear it?
Can you taste it?
Can you hold it in your hand?
If you took a picture of time, what would you see?
Does time really exist?
We think it does.
What would our world be like if we had no clocks, no watches, no time machines of any kind?
For quite a while now, I have not worn a watch except for certain events. I have no idea what time it is often. I have a sense of clock time based on the position of the sun or by watching what people are doing. If I want to be certain, I find a clock and look at it but generally I don’t know how much time has passed while I’m performing tasks.
I notice more now without a watch or a clock.
People with watches get very upset if they are waiting for someone to show up at a certain time and that someone doesn’t show.
People become anxious as they see the work pile up on their desk and check the time.
People get frantic watching time tic away as they are stuck in traffic and need to get somewhere else in a hurry.
If someone were to take away all the clocks, what would happen? Would people be less anxious, less angry, less in a hurry?
Not regularly wearing a watch, I found that:
I enjoy people more because the clock is not dictating how long to spend with that person. When the visit has run it’s course, we just both know it. We’ve enjoyed each other and time measurement had not thing to do with it.
I’m more creative because I set no deadlines yet I get things done much faster.
I’m more relaxed and get a lot more done day to day.
Meals are more pleasurable – the clock is not telling me when to cook or when to eat – I do it as I feel like it.
My body tells me when it wants to exercise and for how long. It’s amazing how so much more pleasurable exercising is when there is not a time slot.
The pressure is off and life is so much more enjoyable.
Can I do it every day? No. There are promises to keep. And that is what causes us to seek ways and means of managing our time – promises to keep – the hours we promised to work at our job, promises to meet with someone, promising to complete tasks by a certain date and time, etc. Could it be that if we made less promises, we’d enjoy ourselves much more?
Try It – You Might Like It . . .
Try it – take your watch off, turn off your cell phone and avoid clocks as much as possible. If you’re outside your home, it’s much easier since there aren’t many clocks around any more. Do it for half a day or a full day – notice what you feel and sense.
The world is a less harried and crazy place and much more beautiful when we focus on something other than the clock. There’s a special connection with nature and people when we are not concerned about time – an ebb and a flow comes about more naturally than that forced by a timepiece.
It could very well be that we don’t need to manage our time machine as much as we think we do. Maybe all we have to do is let go of trying to control the illusive and take more pleasure in living and enjoying every single moment engrossed in whatever we’re doing. Putting less “bars” around our time may actually free us!
Yet for all that time is not, we try to manage it – the moments we experience awake. That’s all they are – moments of space we occupy awake in which we are either running away or towards something or both.