“Poets describe us as prisoners of time and declare that time is our nemesis. If we listen carefully to our language, we will know that this is true. Quantity seems to be the essence of time. Experts warn us not to waste time. Time is money. Clocks and calendars measure the march of time. Our scheduling books overflow with dates, deadlines, and things to do. We value speed and efficiency above all. But over activity and obsession with time threaten our inner life and peaceful mind. We want to have time as our friend. We must reconnect with its deeper meaning.
By observing the rhythms of time in nature – the sun’s path across the sky, the growth of seeds, the changing seasons – we realize that time is not a mechanical measure It measures process. By detaching from clock time even for a short while, we can allow ourselves some moments of sanctified laziness. We grow to appreciate time’s fullness in the process. Time becomes our friend.”
Mary Beth Ford, in “Wisdom from the Gardens: Life Lessons”
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