Sunday, March 11, 2012


More thoughts on time (by Sandra, Eva, Dawn, Carol and Elisa)
("donating time" - I love that Sandra)   

(great thoughts and advises) 
(especially marvelous post)
(managing time)
(lovely post)
Thank you all for participating!

Time is a measurement.
It takes four minutes to soft boil an egg, ten minutes to hard boil it. Some men have quick timing, some women never come... Babies are born in time, few before their time, or they are a bit overdue. 

People tend to have NO TIME! What does that mean? Each of us has the same sixty minutes an hour! Really? If they shoot you to the moon, or farther into space, you could have more time, or even experience timelessness! Who says so? Ask Einstein! Einstein versus Newton. Time - absolute or relative? Is time only an illusion? Is there no separation between past, present and future?

Ahhhhh, for me it is very simple! I am neither philosophic, nor scientific or spiritual about time. I leave this to smarter minds (just try to explain to me the dilation of time)! For me time is a measurement, period! Yesterday was yesterday, today is today! I know what happened yesterday and I certainly do know what happens today, right now! Tomorrow? Will see! Yes, sure, I too feel that  sometimes the minutes drag, and other times the hour speeds...

We have watches and clocks everywhere! We have night and day, and seasons. We can measure our time with the help of our devices and with natures orders. We should be quite able to manage the time we have. So why don't we have time? My husband talked with a colleague at work about a movie and she borrowed the CD from him. She gave it back after two months, and apologized that she had not seen the movie, she said, she did not have time for it. Ha???? Not an hour and a half of time to see a movie at home in TWO months? There must be another reason for it, I am convinced. I think she was not so much interested after all in this movie, otherwise she would have found time to watch it, ceaseless of her living circumstances and her daily busy schedule. We all can DECIDE how we spend our time, and we should. And time CAN be balanced between what we HAVE to do and what we WANT to do. It is not too hard to set patches of time aside for our own special needs and wishes and pleasures. Do you think you waste time? It depends. I think time we enjoyed spending is never wasted time. Sigmund Freud said: "Time spent with cats, is never wasted". I like that quote and I know, some of you will love it too and agree!! And I can think of spending time in many more pleasant and delicious ways - each of us can and each of us has different preferences and yearnings - and it should be possible to reserve a little time for them! Agreed? :-)

There are a lot of word constellations and combinations with "time". A blog post, a short story, an essay, serious, sad or humorous could be written about the major part of this list. And of course a very scientific treatise about some of them. Let's roll them around in our thoughts for a bit:

from time to time         
loosing track of time
saving time
measuring time
play time
creative time
time machine
time for departure
spending time
having time
having a good time
loosing time
wasting time
good times
bad times
world time
difficult times
current time
wonderful times
time heals
time is clicking away
concept of time
time consuming
it's about time
infinite time
local time
changing times
in the old times
quality time
time perception
test of time
time conversion
time travel
precious time
being on time
valuable time
time is money
precise time
time together
digital time
space time
time flies
physical time
spiritual time
exact time
time is up
illusion of time
time ceases
theory of time
lonely times
frozen in time
working time
back in time
the right time
ancient times
time zone
forgotten times
once about a time
time will tell
time philosophy
out of time
first time
last time
time management
time table
time capsule
Time is one moment after the other, the previous one is lost as time, but stored in memory. I like what Martin Luther King once said: "The time is always right, to do what is right." If we could follow that concept, if we could believe in that advice, there would be plenty of good memories...

In the Talmud is written: "Who forces time is pushed back by time; who yields to time finds time on his side." What do you think that means? I leave this open for thought and discussion...

(The pretty watch and the beautiful hand belong to my friend Jill.)


Eva said...

So true! We have the choice what we spend our time with, but often, we just aren't aware of it. Out of habit or believing we have to do someone a favour. But if I really look, being obliged to do something is in fact for me -- to satisfy my self-esteem of being a good girl. And if I put that aside and face others directly, the time to do something for others is the least wasted time.

zsazsazsu said...

I enjoyed your view on the item, gives me another look at it.

cri-cri said...

indeed we can do with our time want we want ... but it´s also so that we all have some things that must be done ... and when you´re lucky you learn the balance between both ...

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

Yael, I enjoyed this so much, and I love Jill's hands! They look so elegant and perfect for pot-throwing!

TarracoStyle said...

a veces hay que desconectar y vivir al margen del tiempo!!!
besos y que tengas una feliz semana

rachel awes said...

hi yael!
i LOVE this talmud quote.
i'm not a natural yielder to time but this reminds me of the wisdom to do so + it was timely for me to hear it. thank you, friend. xoxox

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Hi Yael
This was a good idea. I've made a post and joined the discussion.

sacramento said...

So far, and yet so cloe to you I feel, my dearest friend.
Thank you for your kind words.

Pesky Cat Designs said...

Wonderful post Yael! And a wonderful idea. I finally posted my take on "Time" on my blog. A little late but better late than never. yes?! Now I'm off to read the rest of the blog posts. :)

Pesky Cat Designs said...

"Time spent with cats, is never wasted" So true!

glazedOver said...

Beautifully stated. I think the Talmud quote talks to the same concept that the Chinese finger puzzle does. The more one struggles, the less one accomplishes. It is when we loosen our grip on our control over everything, including time, that we discover how much control we've always already had.

It certainly does seem true that time is most immaterial to both the very young and the very old. I've tried to write a blog post about this general idea to participate in the discussion, but I wasn't happy with it. It wasn't reflecting what I really meant and so, as time crept up on me and my responsibility list, I had to let it go and forego a timely post.

And I am honored to be the hand model for this rich post, Yael. And kudos to you for capturing such a beautiful photo composition!

Bob Bushell said...

Tic toc tic toc tic toc tic toc tic toc tic toc etc.

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

Bob, you say it so well! :-)

art spirit said...

Hi Yael,
It's tea time!
Love your post!
Nap time!

Qué Acierto! said...

Llegada cierta edad el tiempo es nuestro peor enemigo. Pasa demasiado deprisa y nos deteriora demasiado rápido.

Annuk said...

What a great post on a fascinating and so hard-to-define subject!
I really enjoyed, and you made me think! :) And I LOVE the sentence in the Talmud -- so well said and true.

I haven't written a post on the subject, but... I will leave you to a little detail I have in my blogger profile: "I believe in Slow Life, in Time, in Beauty"...

Anonymous said...

nice idea.. thanks for sharing.