A Friendly Force

What if every new day felt like the start of a brand new year?  Any reason this shouldn’t be the case?  Do we take time too seriously, perhaps?  Can we open our “minds of habit and conformity” just enough to let in a bit more light?

Einstein once said: “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”  I think he was right.  It’s an organizing principle mostly.

So this year in SunnyRoomStudio, I’ll post challenge questions more frequently, inviting everyone to consider something from a different perspective.

Beginning with time, which somehow seems to control our days and destiny, let’s peer a bit closer — examine our assumptions.

  • If each morning you pretended it was a new year instead of “just” a new day, how would you feel?  Any differently?  How so?
  • Does time serve you or the other way around?
  • Do you resent time?
  • Do you wish time away, or perhaps cling to it like a good book you don’t want to end?
  • Do you feel frustrated about the limitations of time?

Yes, it does take time for bread dough to expand … inching ever taller in the bowl … but there is more to this story, isn’t there?  If time is truly the greatest illusion (who said that first?), then maybe it’s only our minds that perceive time.  I’m not an expert in this area (or any area, for that matter), but I hope you’ll play with the ideas some — see if you can “twist time” into a more friendly force in your lives.  It does serve a practical purpose, but it doesn’t have to be our guiding light.

And along the lines of challenge questions, I’d like to let you know about my guest post this week at Writing Your Way Home blog.  Hosted by Fiona Robyn and Kaspa (UK writers), Fiona was also a Studio Guest here last October.

My guest post can be found on her site @ In the Wilderness  — and even though I posed several thought-provoking questions, this is perhaps my favorite one: What if our spiritual awakening and realization is the key to everything else?

  • In the Wilderness is part of a series of guest blog posts called River of Stones 2012.  Each guest focuses on some aspect of mindful writing and living, of noticing, and of then shares it as a small story … a stone in the river.  From Fiona’s blog:

“Writing small stones is a very simple way of engaging with the world around you, in all its richness and complexity and beauty. They are a gateway into praise and clear-seeing. They will help you to acknowledge the ugly things (the slugs in the compost pile) as well as the pretty ones (blackbird song). You don’t need to be a writer to write small stones – the important thing is starting to open up to what’s around you.”

As the wonderful Thoreau reminds us, “Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.”  So how will you relate to time differently this year, today, or tomorrow?

What will be the one thought you take away from this blog post — the one idea that jumps out at you?

Thank you so much for sharing your time and wisdom here!  Welcome to the sun of inspiration.

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