Because without time, there could be no reactions to actions, no consequences. Without time, decisions need not be considered for their implications and effects. We had all been drifting in a comfortable Void without responsibilities.*
There’s an awful lot of time in the world, it’s just that it isn’t all ours. We, do, however, have a little of it. Maybe eighty years or so.
As I think Alan Lightman is alluding: time helps us to act, to make a difference.
Time helps us to pursue autonomy – to be in control of our own lives, mastery – to be skilful at something, and, have purpose – to produce meaning.
This sense of time allows us to try and fail and learn and develop and try again. :
‘If you show up and show up and show up, and care enough to learn to connect, you will have a skill for life.’**
Seth Godin is writing about what a salesperson is really about but the sense of his words fit well with anyone wanting to make the most of their time. In another place, Godin writes about the importance of attempting things around what it is we want to do:
‘The person who fails most wins.’^
In his fifteen trends for 2018, Rohit Bhargava identifies “brand stand,” the trend produced by companies marketing what they believe in. The five elements Bhargava goes on to identify as effective for this also help us make more of our time on a personal level: relevance means what we live for is helpful to others, timeliness increases its impact, proactivity means we don’t wait to be invited to contribute, meaning ensures we never lose sight of why we are doing this, and, commitment means we get up each day looking to take what we are about further.^^