The Phenomenon Called Time

The question that is asked the most, we hear it every day, “What time is it?” They want to know, and then they go away.

    It’s time for bed, it’s time for work or time to feed the fishes; It’s time to take your medicine, or wash and dry the dishes.

    Time in seconds, time in hours, so many freckles past a hair, depending on the zone, or whether daylight’s savings there.

    Time is measured many ways from minutes to months; Time is what keeps everything from happening at once!

    A time to live, a time to die, a time for having fun; Clocks and calendars alike, all scheduled by the sun.

    Intervals that can’t be hurried, will not be denied; a season that we know that’s coming, as surely as the tide.

    If there ever comes a time when time will be no more, I wonder how we’ll know when to quit it, or when it was before.

    Do we hurry? Do we loaf? It depends upon the time…

    Had we started earlier, we’d be finished with this rhyme.

    Time does not refer to the period during when MTN deducts no call-credit for calls that would most certainly be made to bae.It does not refer to those few minutes before the invigilator orders ‘PENS UP’ at a promotional exam and you suddenly realize you have barely answered a question. Time most certainly is not how long you’re at the end of a queue in the bank, a day before a Public Holiday.

    So, what then is this Time?

    The Oxford Dictionary defines time as the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole.

    The Free Dictionary defines it as a nonspatial (not pertaining to space) continuum ( A continuous series or whole, no part of which is noticeably different from its adjacent parts, although the ends or extremes of it are very different from each other) in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future.

    Three major points can be drawn from these definitions, giving us a better understanding of time.

    1. Time is indefinite which implies that it has no defined end. It is always too early to give up. Events change with the passage of time, and just as time has no defined end so do outcomes of an individual’s life. It remains undefined till time and action decide to define.
    2. Time involves a continuity of existence and events in a SERIES (in order, one after the other). People miss it in life often because they fail to run their life in series with respect to time…It is of great importance to do what should be done, when it should be done.
    3. The past, present and future are intertwined. Events in each are capable of influencing events in another. Our today affects our tomorrow; actions of decades past can define the outcome of today and the future yet to come.

    To understand time as a phenomenon, it is important to understand what a phenomenon is.

    Philosophically, a phenomenon refers to an experienced object whose constitution (composition and structure) reflects the order and conceptual nature imposed upon it by the human mind (especially by the powers of perception and understanding).

    Time is a free force. It does not wait for anyone. Time gives back to the individual what his/her mind has imposed on it.

     Time obeys whatever the individual decides to put it to use for, it does not lecture the individual on how to apply it. 

    Time and tide wait for no man. One has to strike the iron when its hot. Time tells you when you ought to strike the iron; how the iron should be struck, why it should be struck, with what and where it should be struck if left for the individual to decide or figure out. 

    Perception refers to the everyday reference to time in our society; a number of years, months, days; hours and minutes past midnight or noon, time as alloted; available or used, a plan, schedule or arrangement when something should happen or be done, a period necessary or available for a given activity, etc.

    Understanding however goes much deeper, referring to a total comprehension and assimilation of the true form of time.

    The entire creation moves on according to a time pattern. There is a time for birth, growth and death. There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven. Plants flower and give fruits. Seasons come according to time. A child is born, grows into boyhood, adolescence, youth, middle age and old age according to age and time. Every movement of creation is linked with time. One cannot grow paddy in a month nor can a child become an adult in a year. Everything is fixed to a time-frame.

    Time is money. A minute not usefully spent is an eternal loss. You can never get back the lost minute. The time flies and never returns. If you waste time, it wastes you.

    ‘Time is the best medicine’, says Ovid. It is said that time heals all wounds and it even heals what reason cannot. All human beings are emotional. At times when negative emotions like fear, anger, envy and jealousy overtake them, they lose reason and act in haste leading to serious consequences. They may repent later, as emotions cool down. But the damage done is done and remains forever. The damage however can heal with the passage of time. People involved may forget and forgive. That is the importance of time and it’s healing touch.

    Time is said to be a wise counselor, not a verbative one anyway. Passage of time allows an individual to grow with experience. Experience helps decision making. Time reminds you to act and experience reminds you to act wisely. The wise make use of the time fruitfully. The wise grieve the most at the loss of time.

    Those who do not know the value of time, waste it or rather they spend it doing nothing. Killing time is not murder; it is suicide i.e.by wasting time an individual is not harming others. On the contrary, the individual is harming himself/herself. Ordinary people merely go on thinking how to spend their time. The wise make use of their time and do so judiciously.

    Time is impartial. Every being on Earth regardless of beauty, social status, intelligence, affluence which vary in distribution has been allocated the exact same number of hours in a day, days in a week, weeks in a month and months in a year. Time is not influenced by these factors. People always complain that there is no time for them to do anything. That is an erroneous belief. If one wisely plans his activities, there will be time for everything happening according to time. A man who is a part of nature cannot complain against time.

    Time is powerful. It conquers all and is in service to all. Men are only to direct it and in turn obey it. Man cannot say that he has nothing of his own. Time which is of so much value is all his own.

    If you are not at the airport on time and you miss the flight, you miss it forever. So also is time, once you miss it, it’s gone forever. You can never catch it. Teleportation devices and Time machines only exist in sci-fi and fictional movies…Life itself is a movie…only of a different genre…REALITY!!!

    There is a proper time and procedure for every matter, the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.

    “Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time, is like saying, I don’t want to.”-Lao Tzu

     

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