Saturday, March 22, 2014


If you're anything like me, you probably worry about not having enough time - at least sometimes.

Years, seasons, months, days, morning, noon, and night are all natural parts of creation. But humans invented weeks, hours, minutes, and seconds and those are the things that tend to worry us the most.

Centuries ago people didn't have five day work weeks or hourly schedules to keep. They got up in the morning, did what needed to be done, and went to sleep at night.

In the Middle Ages church bells would let everyone in a community know when it was time for certain things like prayers.

Later wealthy people might have owned a clock, which would have been displayed in a prominent place and wound daily. And a pocket watch was a status symbol as well as being helpful.

School bells let kids know when they had to be in class.

As technology increased it was important for trains to run on time, so clocks and watches became more common.

Now they're everywhere. This morning I counted the clocks in my house and, including those on the stove, microwave, and computer I have more than a dozen, mostly digital.

Kids don't need to learn how to tell time from traditional clocks anymore.

In some ways all the changes to time are helpful since we can synchronize and connect with people all over the world.

But sometimes we need to ignore the seconds, hours, and minutes that control our lives, take a deep breath, and just enjoy the days, months and seasons.

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