Sunday, March 20, 2016
It's About Time
Daylight Saving Time, lunch time, bedtime, prime time, time limit, half-time, double-time. Seems like we spend a lot of time thinking about time! We even worry about time - enough time, being on time, running out of time, time on our hands, arrival time, next time, end times
And yet time may not even exist! I mean, what exactly is time? Seconds, minutes, hours, days, years? Not really. That is just a way of marking segments on earth in relation to the sun and the earth's rotation. But what if we aren't on planet earth? What is time then?
Is a day on earth the same as a day on Mars where the rotation is different from earth? Or what happens to measuring time when we go beyond this galaxy? There are other galaxies with other suns!
I guess basically there is no limit to time. If you can't actually quantify it how can there be an end to it? And yet our lives are built on our concept of time.
Let's consider just earth time. It is still relative. What is a lifetime? For us it is longer than it was for our ancestors, since we are now living longer. And yet they managed to get in the basic activities for life. No matter how long we live, if we have lived at all we have breathed, received nourishment, and eliminated waste from our bodies. That could define a whole lifetime for some.
Of course we are considering human lifetimes for the most part. "Your whole life" may encompass much less if you are a different species. Imagine a butterfly's whole adult life could last only a day or two and still fulfill it's purpose.
So what about you? Do you stress about time, about something that may not even exist? How often do you think "there just isn't enough time"?
I know that there are things we must do to survive and to thrive. And anything we do "takes time". Yet time seems to be limitless when we consider the whole of creation. Why not let go of trying to "fill time" and make our lives flow more easily and peacefully?