Thoughts on the Concept of Time


I haven’t worn a watch in years. Wearing a watch in the past had me constantly thinking about the time - especially when I was at work bored out of my mind (during my younger years). I would look at my watch every five minutes. Even when I wasn’t at work I would still look at my watch and time my every move and calculate the time spent doing a particular action or project. I was simply addicted to time and felt that it was moving too fast.

But what is time anyway? Before time was invented, how do you think people lived? I think time was invented to bring structure into our lives. Not that I don’t like structure (coming from a person with many “to do” lists), but I think this concept of time rushes the process of living. We become sucked into time that we don’t slow down to enjoy life. We think about all the things we need to do because it just absolutely has to be done by a certain time.

What I think we should strive to understand is that things will happen on their own time and schedule. There’s no need to rush and scurry around (like I see people do in the supermarkets during dinner time). When you focus on the now, you will experience a paradigm shift in your thinking. Suddenly you’ll feel that your breaths become slower. You become more aware of your thoughts and what’s going on around you.

In the whole scheme of things, I believe that time is really irrelevant. It’s simply a figment of our imagination. If the idea of time was taken away, what do you think would happen?

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