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Ahead of Your Time
Living an Unhurried Life

Time seems to be the hardest taskmaster of all in our lives, because it feels so rigid, so unbending. We try to squeeze a multitude of daily responsibilities into the unyielding confines marked by the ticking clock and find ourselves exhausted at the end of the day. More than exhaustion, however, we may feel as if our efforts are never quite enough. We drop into bed at night wondering why we didn’t fit more into the time we had. We may feel anxious about what is left undone, that the day has ‘passed us by,’ that what we accomplished wasn’t as grand as we had hoped. We may even feel ‘cheated’ because we don’t feel we were given enough time.

It might be helpful to think of time, not as inflexible, but as flowing. Surprisingly, the word time comes from the same word as tide. Close your eyes for a moment and imagine being at the seaside on a warm breezy day. Look out over the ocean and watch the tide coming in, going out, coming in, going out. There is no hurry, no demand, no harsh cessation of movement – just coming in, going out, coming in, going out. If we were to waken to a new morning and treat time as if it were a gentle rocking motion of beauty, we might find the stress in our lives reduced, and our inner confusion clearing.

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