Last week I found myself lamenting about how little time I had and how quickly the year was speeding by.
Did I have a good laugh when an email appeared out of the blue with a link to this comment I made around this time last year:
I’m not sure time could speed up any faster. I still don’t know where 2012 went and here 2013 is at the fall equinox.
What’s the saying … the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Living here on the edge of the Alberta Foothills with a near 180° view of the horizon, time is different.
The sky stays lighter for longer without trees, rooftops or street lights getting in the way.
The point where the sun sets tracks across the horizon from south to north and back to south again as the seasons change.
And then there’s some black hole that sucks time into places unknown because what feels like an hour is usually more like four.
We’ve noticed the longer we live here, the further out of time – clock and calendar time – we become.
Watches are buried in a drawer. TV shows are mostly recorded and rarely watched live.
The cats remind us if snacks or supper are late, and alarms are set to ensure medications and appointments are not forgotten.
Our dinner gets consistently later in the summer and earlier in the winter.
In working from home, errands can be worked into the day and a walk to the post office or some yard work provide a much needed break.
There’s a great deal of natural rhythm to our lives – until looking at a clock or calendar.
That’s when the stress starts to set in.
Time turns into a measure of what’s not been accomplished instead of what has.
The closer the end of the day, the month and the year approaches, the greater the sense of urgency and disappointment.
My mind is flooded with the questions of curiosity –
What would life look like without a schedule or calendar to measure by?
Would the work we create be different if based on when it was ready versus a deadline?
Could we find a way through the chaos to coordinate with each other?
If we didn’t have time to worry about, what then?
Not surprising, more questions continue popping to mind than clear answers.
But that’s the fun of exploring into new territories and seeing what assumptions have built unseen boundaries.
What would you do with literally having no time at all?
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chief nudging officer
Crazy for cats and potatoes, Lorraine's insatiable curiosity of Life leads her to question, explore and push beyond the box. A self-professed "left-brained creative big picture" type, she has an intuitive knack for seeing beyond and beneath first appearances while at the same time nerding out on the details. Most of all she sees and holds others in their highest until they can see it for themselves.