There are certain rhythms to the animal world that speak of the subtle changes of days. But do the animals care? How many of we humans are in tune to the peace and harmony of our world. I publish this post almost a year after I wrote it. I wondered today as noticed the number 19 in my “draft” posts — what were all these posts just languishing unseen by the world. I found it interesting that my first thought wasn’t were they good but rather how long I had ignored them.
Being disabled/retired, most days I perceive “time” more like the animals I photograph. My days are guided by the sun and the rain now. If it is sunny then I will have camera in hand and seeking peace in nature.
If it is raining than I am more likely to be hunkered down dealing with the day-to-day moments of survival like cleaning and other work.
In the next two weeks, we have three events that humans have for some time used to mark the changes in time. The winter/summer solstice, the full moon, and New Year’s Day. Thousands of years ago, many civilizations spent fortunes and an extreme amount of man power building monuments to mark the solstices and/equinox. Now we barely mention that we’ve transitioned to a new season. The phases of the moon marked the months. Now we have to teach in school how long the phases of the moon last because so few kids bother to look up and notice the moon and stars at all. New Year’s has now become more of a celebration for many cultures to mark the passage of time. But do you notice a trend?
The celebration of time for humans is being measured on a smaller and smaller scale. Will the next celebration of the passage of time that most civilizations celebrate be the nanosecond?
Humans invented time. If you disagree with this watch any baby — they have no sense of a schedule or time until adults train them to recognize that certain things must be done at certain times. So if humans invented time — what if we un-invented it for a day? What if on New Year’s Day everyone turned off all of their clocks and took no orders from anyone to be somewhere at a certain time or to stop having fun because it is “time” to go? For many, this might create utter panic at the thought of not having every second of the day accounted for or worrying that you didn’t get enough done.
What might you do with a day that time was not a factor? Would you dance or paint or sit and watch a sunset?
Would you look for the shapes in clouds — if you weren’t in too much of a hurry to look at the sky? What might you do…?