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Time won’t save your Soul

Time.  We have all experienced time flying, racing against time, buying, saving, making, and stopping time. Much of our lives and attention seems devoted to this construct of Time.  We have created a watchdog, a sage figure in Father Time, who meticulously monitors the spilling sands in the hourglass of our lives until the last grain has tumbled.  Our lives oft seem spent in a frenetic scramble to preserve our most valuable commodity.

But is Time a worthwhile concern?  Much of our culture has been shaped be our preoccupation with time.  We have devised complex methods and devices by which to preserve our precious time.  But how much extra time do we have?  Shouldn’t it then seem, given all our time saving gadgetry, that we have lots of time to do the things that we actually love and want to do?

It seems puzzling that as a society we seem to spend vast amounts of energy, money, and time in the pursuit of more time.  Racing from place to place in a caffeine fuelled fury, we scramble to accomplish errands, tasks, and routines that need to be completed each day.  Exhausting.  Can we even say we are any happier and more fulfilled for having run this race?     

Spending time.  Isn’t that all we are really capable of doing?  We spend our time doing whatever it is, be it what we are currently doing, what we have to do, or what we actually choose to do.  We don’t have many choices on this matter.  Shouldn’t we then enjoy what we are doing? 

An idea that I have come to know recently, by way of a short book entitled The Tao of Pooh, speaks to this issue.  The author, Benjamin Hoff, tells of Taoist ideas with the help of Winnie-the-Pooh and friends.  Of particular note to this conversation is the suggestion that we should appreciate the process behind the things that we do on a daily basis.  Enjoy the process and take pride in what it is that we are doing, from putting away laundry to washing dishes.  I think we are often not very concerned with what we are doing rather than with what else we could be doing.   Odd to think much of my precious time was not appreciated but instead spent resisting my current circumstances.  An ironic waste of time, don’t you think?

                                                             

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  1. October 27, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    First reading, then math, now philosphy?

    Is there anything Pooh can’t teach me!?

  1. October 29, 2008 at 8:36 pm

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