In this digital age I wonder how many of you have a ‘real’ clock that has a minute hand and an hour hand? Do you still wear a watch, and is it analog or digital? Or do you just look at your cell phone? How many children do you know today who have learned to tell time on an analog clock?
Pictured here is an old “kitchen clock” that I inherited. You can see that it is well worn, but I can tell you that it actually works, though I don’t often wind it and let it tick. Notice how worn the key is from being used over and over. Someone in decades past has used this and treated it with care.
We use time pieces to keep us on track, according to whatever schedule we have in our life. At one time I thought that the more Stuff I had on my schedule the better person I could be. There is some benefit to having Stuff to do, but there is also a tendency to do too much. Then we meet ourselves coming and going, all stressed out.
Life is showing me that it is more important to be present, to be right here right now with that friend who needs a listening ear, to be willing to hear another person’s story and not judge or interrupt. Life is teaching me that being is more important than doing, because as I learn to Be I am also learning to do what really matters…which leads to time better spent.