Running Out Of Time

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.


A mishmash of clock faces all showing different times

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.

Bye-bye flow.


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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Lorraine Watson - on rustic porch

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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.


  1. Anny on September 30, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Would the work we create be different if based on when it was ready versus a deadline? My gut answer is a qualified yes! Sometimes a deadline can push good work out of you, but at a price–stress. On the other hand, as a fiction writer, I’ve not yet figured out how to know when a story is ‘done,’ I.e. Ready to be submitted to agents/editors. So without the stress of a deadline one has the luxury of allowing one’s imagination to continue to sink deeper into the emotions and themes of the story, but one may just stay there, like a gambler, believing there’s always more to win, more to uncover. And there is, but without time, what would pull u out of that free fall? Hmm, when I started this post I thought no time equaled no stress, and it does. But time also pushes us to leave our cocoons and release our creations into the world so others can be touched by them.

    Thanks for asking the question, Lorraine!

    • Lorraine on September 30, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      Anny, great insight about getting to know our internal done point. Without external measurements such as time, what do we use to know when enough is fantastic just as it is. Of most importance is putting ourselves via our creations out into the world. Thanks for taking us along in your thought process! Lots to ponder.

  2. Carrie Ann Lahain on October 1, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I’ve been getting less and less attached to time. I haven’t worn a watch for years. My bedside clock broke a few months back. It’s still plugged in tell a time that’s hours off. Across the room, my husband’s digital clock has laundry piled on top of it covering the display. No big deal…I think it’s 15 minutes fast anyway. The only clocks in the house that keep correct time are the ones I can’t control…Cable box, cell phone.

    I work at home. The only deadlines I have are self-imposed. I get upset if I don’t check everything off my to-do list, but, really, no one cares but me. We don’t count on my writing for income, so if a book never gets published…or gets published later than I’d planned, again, no one cares but me. And I care less as I get older. I start to think…”I’m no Jane Austen…heck, even Jane wasn’t JANE while she was alive…When I’m on my death bed will these books even cross my mind?”

    It’s such a strange paradox…how our work is everything AND nothing. The moments of life need to be filled with something, right? Unless we’re a Tibetan monk and meditate all day. But what does it all add up to? I don’t know. I may never know.

    • Lorraine on October 9, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      So many gems here Carrie! Oh how our work would change if we never expected to know the results, but brought our creations into the world anyway – because that is what we were called to do. Time, money, expectations – all very interesting pressures at play.

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