#125: The way time passes, the sources of wealth, and a question about 2020

One thought from me: The way time passes

Time seems to pass in three different ways.

  1. Time flies by, beautifully
  2. Time flies by, horribly
  3. Time drags

I’m grateful to say that I haven’t felt #3 for several years. Usually, when I experienced it, it is was in some job which I either really loathed or hadn’t learned how to appreciate.

The other two, I’ve noticed them a lot.

The first one can happen when you’re in a moment of flow state, when ideas and creativity and work just seems to flow through you, or it can happen in a moment with family or friends, when an hour or two or three zips past unnoticed.

The second one can happen when you look at someone you love and realise how much time with them you’ve missed: an older relative, now suddenly frailer; or a younger one, now suddenly grown up.

Of course, “suddenly” doesn’t really happen with time. The only thing that’s sudden is the realisation of what has passed, unclaimed.

While we cannot reclaim the past, we can reclaim the present and the future by practising on noticing things in the present, simply by bringing our awareness to right now.

Even once or twice a day. (I wrote a little about these moments of mindfulness earlier this week.)

One thought from someone else: The source of real wealth

The tiny speckles of life are infinitesimal sources of wealth.

I’ve been reading quite a bit by Khe Hy, who is a productivity expert, but a lot more than that too. This short piece, “Real Wealth is Perishable”, references Alan Watts and a searingly tender and beautiful passage from a book I’m not familiar with, Not Fade Away by Peter Barton.

One question for you

In your inner life, does 2020 feel like a constriction or a liberation? What can you learn about yourself from this global collective experience?