Yesterday, I was listening to a beautiful interview with the late Irish poet John O’Donahue.
“One of the biggest problems of modern life is that time has become the enemy.”
He spoke about how so many of us struggle with time: we struggle with how much we have, we struggle to fit things in, we complain about the lack of it.
Yes, it’s problematic that the pace and expectations of modern life leave us without time for white space, for reflection, for downtime.
Yes, “lack of time” is an ever-convenient, oft-used excuse for not following one’s passion, not doing one’s art, not tending to their spiritual lives.
But until I heard John O’Donahue say, “One of the biggest problems of modern life is that time has become the enemy,” I hadn’t realized the depth of the problem. When you set yourself up in that oppositional relationship to time, you are cutting yourself off from the very flow of life.
Whatever this magic-carpet-ride of life is, time is the backdrop. Time is the fabric of our lives. Time is the sea in which we swim.
Time is mysterious, ancient as the cosmos, holy as breath. Do you really want to live in a fight with it, or a complaint against it?
Make love to time. Listen to its music. Spend time with it, lovingingly. Hold it with a soft, open hand and allow it to show you its secrets.
Find out how soft it is. If its a fabric, it’s silk. If it’s a music, it’s a sound that rolls and leaps like the wind.
You’ll find out that time is wise, and alive and making a quiet music.
Today, make love to time, and see what you two create.
Please share in the comments: what is your relationship to time, and what comes to mind when you think of “making love to time”?
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I’ve been thinking about how much I’ve learned about marketing and product development that allowed me to successfully fill a program with a large group — and wanting to share what I’ve learned with you. I’ve created a short class in which I’ll do just that.
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