As I have found out and discussed before, time is such a precious commodity. But I’ve discovered a way to look at it which will give you more (I think…)
Units of measurement
Typically we’d measure time in seconds, minutes and hours. I’m not going to worry looking up who invented that, probably the Greeks, at a guess.
We can also take reference from the sun, either figuring out where it is in the sky in relation to dawn, noon and dusk or by using an old fashioned sun dial.
Sands of time
The theatre of sand slipping from one glass bowl to another is rather dramatic, but it works equally well for boiling an egg as it does Trivial Pursuit.
Disclaimer: You may need two different sand timers for these tasks, otherwise your egg will be raw or your questions pondered for too long.
So what’s this other way?
What if you chose to live your life without these conventional methods of time keeping? What if your family were your clock. I’ll give you an example…
While they sleep…
It was 7am on Saturday morning and all were asleep in my house. All except me! So, I got up, got dressed and went for 45 mins worth of exercise. Upon my return everyone is still asleep.
Effectively with my ‘new’ measurement of time, I have found a way to press pause!
Ahead of the game
Rather pleased with my new skills I now have time to sit and write my findings. My wife has now woken and also gone out, but the kids are like logs (no not chopped up and next to the fireplace!)
What does pausing time mean?
I’m trying to imagine what it would be like to live without a clock for any length of time. I guess much like the ‘survive on a desert island’ TV programmes you take instinct from nature and your bodies needs.
Creatures of habit
With out a face and hands (or an LCD screen) to tell me otherwise, would I still be a little peckish, regardless of the fact I’ve already dined with Snap, Crackle and Pop since waking, around 10.30? I’d argue not.
If I’m really busy I’m not eating
Meal times are something that my ‘new’ time keeping method will fall down on. If I’m engrossed in a task, be it writing an article, meeting someone or working on a car I can easily run hours over meal times with out realising.
Let the others have their clocks
So, this is a trick for me! It relies on the rest of the world (or at least me wife and two daughters) still keeping tabs on conventional time. I’m not gonna throw away my iPhone, or discard my wristwatch, but use them more as a guide and less as gospel.
Happy in my head
I’m sure a scientist would rip my theory to pieces in seconds but you know what, I don’t care!
I’m happy in my head, safe in the knowledge I paused time, in my world at least.