Daily Archives: September 5, 2008

Time trap


“The clock is my dictator, I shall not rest.

It makes me lie down only when exhausted.

It leads me to deep depression, it bounds my soul.

It leads me in circles of frenzy for activity’s sake.

Even though I run frantically from task to task,

I will never get it all done, for my ‘ideal’ is with me.

Deadlines and my need for approval, they drive me.

They demand performance from me, beyond the limits of my schedule.

They anoint my head with migraines, my in-basket ever-flows.

Surely fatigue and time pressure will follow me all the days of my life,

And I will dwell in the bonds of frustration forever.”

Monica K. Hornok, Psalm 23, Antithesis

Are those the days of your life? Time slipping away, time out of control, time out, time away, time, time, time, … It is flashing lights, pulsing sounds, or a constant reminder in ticks as seconds float away into the vacuum of space.

Experts warn us to manage time and to take control of time as a precious resource of which you only have 86400 seconds each day to use before it disappears. What is the value of a second?

Are you a slave to time? Do you answer its daily call? Is the clock the master of your day?

It seems like in the West that time controls the people and we have become slaves of time. We meet on time – we get the bus on time – we navigate through traffic to save time – we answer the call of the phone in time – we punish those who are not on time – we eat at the right time – we sleep at some time – we respond – we speak – we listen – we cry out – to the master – TIME.

You only have so much time – we all have a measured amount of time – what do we do in that time that we have?

Take your hands and grasp a bit of time – hold it in your hands and don’t let it go – what does it feel like?

Do you have time to dream? Do you take time to dream? Do you take time to reorder your senses?

What is the cadence of your life? Is it sustainable? Is it time to take back some time?

Adjust the cadence of your life; take out of the day seconds to look inside.