Gratituesday: Life Without Time

“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.”

In The Time Keeper, Mitch Albom imagines what life was like before the invention of time. In fact, the character who first builds a clock, Father Time, is punished for his innovation. After all, now, everyone is always out of time.

Maybe, you are too. You have many tasks, many duties and obligations. But I’m sure even your calendar has some white space. A tiny, blank canvas, waiting to be filled with something you enjoy. That canvas is your room to “default to yes.”

A "default to yes" is an activity that you always want to say yes to. One of the little joys of life. Something you want to make room for, regardless of time.

Whether my calendar is empty or not, I always default to yes when friends ask me out for a meal. Unless I really can’t, I’ll go get dinner with them. Or lunch. Or breakfast. Because eating with friends makes me happy. And we all have to eat. No matter what the clock says.

You may default into a different yes. An hour of painting. A walk with your dog. A game of cards. But, whatever it is, make sure you preserve that space.

Make sure you remember life without timekeeping.

-Nik


About Gratituesday: By Tuesday, we're deep into thinking about what we seek. That's why it's a great day to remember what we already found. Gratitude has many benefits, but, mostly, it's an exercise in shifting our perspective. Instead of focusing on what's missing, we can focus on what we have.

And we'll be much calmer for it.


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