the timelessness of flow


What a difference a day makes.

We measure time in all kinds of ways, but a day and a year are possibly the most useful of all.  I cannot live tomorrow, I have to wait for it to come, but I can live today and, who knows, the way I live today might take tomorrow even better.

“and if I have a heart to be contented, I think I may reckon myself as happy a man as any in the world …”*

‘time management books engender deprivation, a sense of time poverty, with less-than-desirable results … we propose we need not time management but timelessness’**

I don’t know about you but the idea and possibility of timelessness sorely challenges me – the flow that is the opposite of increasingly fragmenting my time and energy into smaller units to try to be more efficient and productive.

I need time to think and I need time to feel.  When I only have time to find a solution rather than ask a question, I know my life is impoverished.

So I’m continuing to slow things down, beginning with more observation: flow begins with looking.  It may be something on my way to work or an idea someone puts forward or to look beyond the first answer to a problem:

‘Look Look Look Look Look Look Look!  I’m running away with my imagination.’^

(*Samuel Pepys on his thirtieth birthday, quoted in Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project.)
(**From Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber’s The Slow Professor.)
(^From Ruth Krauss’s Open House for Butterflies.)


2 thoughts on “the timelessness of flow

  1. Thanks for your comment, Terry. It’s a big world I’m trying to explore at the moment and I’m glad to know I’m not alone.

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