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time series #7: THAT'S IT.

Before time became money as the saying goes: “time is money,” time was a gift.

A gift from the gods, nature, ancestors such as parents, grandparents or great-grandparents.

time is a toy
time is a toy

There were no clocks and no reason to measure them. It flowed around us, through us and for us in an eternal circle.

No one could have it, but everyone could use it. You couldn't buy or sell it, only share and enjoy and be grateful for it. And there was a lot of time. There was more than enough time for everyone.

People usually only did one thing at a certain time: they ate, slept, hunted, talked, sang, listened, etc. Not like today, when people do many things at the same time: they eat, watch TV, play with the phone, drive, drink, etc.

Everyone used to live in the NOW. The history, the past didn't exist yet - it was just too early to have one. And you couldn't predict the future, let alone plan it - every day was a surprise: exciting, arousing curiosity and full of anticipation.

Today only children live in the NOW. The adults live either in the past or in the future.

If they live in the past, they usually long for the things of the past such as peace, rest, friends, home...

Sometimes they even make up the past themselves. The things weren't actually there, but they manage to convince themselves that they were there and that they miss them. While they miss the past so much, they miss the present, the NOW, and the future too. They sometimes do it in groups and sometimes alone. Some drink alcohol and some stare into space - missing is their meaning in life. They are like an airport where you don't just take off and land. You just arrive.

If you live in the future, you plan constantly and hope that it will happen that way. It doesn't matter to them what has already happened or what is happening now. The only thing that matters is what happens tomorrow.

They are like an airport where you don't land, just take off. You just want to get away.

Some people plan their entire time to such an extent that nothing moves at all and time stops. It's just sand, a lot of sand, that can hardly move anymore. Time can no longer flow. Everything is clogged with so much messing around.

There are people who make things very complicated for themselves and literally tie their lives up in knots. The sand can no longer get through and it hurts terribly – sometimes in the stomach and sometimes in the heart. The only thing that helps is relaxation and stretching exercises, warm tea with neighbours or a tight hug from friends.

For some people who waste a lot of time doing nonsense, the time thieves come and carry the time away in their sacks. As a young person you don't even notice it because there is still so much sand there. You only notice it when you get older. Suddenly one or two sandbags are missing. And the time you thought you had can no longer run. It's just not there anymore.

When adults or their neighbours have children, these children often play with their time. The adults often get upset about it: “It’s over now!”, “Enough playing!”, “Does it have to be so loud?!”, “What are you doing there?!”, “Gosh, where does all the sand comes from!?!”, and so on and so forth. They don't understand that you can only play with time. Just play...


My key takeaways:

1.    TIME IS A TOY.





Based on this book - only in German:

How to lead now…

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Time and Cyclicity

For centuries, Catholics have managed time following the Liturgy of the Hours structured around the daily cycle, reflecting the passage of time and the cyclical movements of life, it can lead to reflections on the nature of time, repetition, and rhythm in our existence. The Liturgy of the Hours evokes the idea of sacred spaces and times, offering moments of silence and reflection.

Prayers are scheduled at different times of the day. The three main hours are:

- Morning Prayer (Lauds), celebrated at the beginning of the day;

- Evening Prayer (Vespers), usually at dusk or before dinner;

- Night Prayer (Compline), Compline is an ancient liturgical practice, marking the end of the day before sleep.


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