I’ve often wondered about time and how we get this urge to put control over what it is and segment it into seconds, minutes, hours, days weeks, years etc. Maybe in the current climate of “corona-care” I’ve got too much of it.
Everyone’s normal has been challenged in recent times, uncertainty abounds and people’s rhythms and routines are being reset so naturally is the relationship with time.
When I was working on the boats up in the Gulf country, time was irrelevant really. Seasons were important, weather was important but living and working on large boats out to sea for months gave time a very different perspective. None more so than when work was done or we when were night steaming to the next fishing grounds (which could be days away) and you had the chance to relax and spend time above the lighting deck engaging with the awesome spread of our galaxy.
You may have experienced this yourself on a clear and cloudless night with no moon or a late rising moon, where the stars seem so close and you can, by reaching your arms up, embrace and connect into them.
It’s an awesome experience and coupled with the realisation, or conscious awareness, that they are ‘light’ years away – and millions of those at that – it is both deflating and inspiring to understand how limited our own years, months, days and seconds are in the scheme of that span of distance and time.
It was a revelation to me and one that I am intensely grateful for as it has presented me with genuine drive to ensure that whatever time I had I would make life more interesting, meaningful and purposeful. To me, we have all been given an incredible gift – that is life and a limit. With that, the realisation of our significance and the opportunity to develop our self in a life span and beyond that – as we become consciously aware in the broad strands of intergalactic time – the awe of knowing how insignificant we are.
What a magical dichotomy! In removing concerns over the construct we’ve put around time we can realise that time is, time passes and because of that where we are now is not where we are going to be. That lends itself to our opportunity to create a personal vision, purpose and value set and use those as the vehicle to ride out whatever life puts in front of us for however long we are on this plane of existence or in this ‘corona-care’ state.
So be patient, be kind, be helpful with yourself and to others. We’ll go through this and whatever else may come as we’ve always done across time.
Did I mention I may have too much time on my hands at the moment?