I don’t wear a watch anymore. I count on my cell phone or my computer to tell me exactly what time it is.
I work best with an alarm system that tells me when to take medication, leave for an appointment or wake up!
I like to keep track of my work hours during the week. It feels so good when the oven timer I use to keep track of time goes off and I can hardly pull myself away from my work to turn it off or reset it. Since I have started working at home most of the time it is a good way to hold myself accountable to my goals. I also realize that I accomplish more in 4 hours of uninterrupted work at home than most people get done in 8 hours at the office.
What does all of this calculating and recording of time mean? For me, it is about accountability.
What if the concept of time I schedule my life around is just an illusion? Is there a bigger picture of time that is unimaginable to me? How do I connect with it and benefit from its wisdom?
Beethoven used the poem, Ode to Joy by Friedrich von Schiller in the final movement of his famous Ninth Symphony. Here is a portion of one of the refrain stanzas:
Joy is called the strong spring
In the perpetuity of nature.
Joy, joy drives the wheels
In the earth’s great clock.
Flowers, she calls from the buds,
Suns, out of the firmament,
Spheres, she rolls through space
That the seer cannot know.
I would love to hear your interpretation of this passage.
My thoughts are that the increments of time we organize our life around may be just the lowest level of awareness. According to this poem, joy is what drives the passage of time on this earth. The big patterns of seasons and rhythm of the universe are somehow driven by am emotional force – JOY!
How would your day look if you planned it for joy?
How would your future look if you allowed joy to be at the center of your life?
How would the present moment feel if you expected joy?