It’s About Time

There isn’t enough of it, or there is so much in surplus, we don’t ever know how we should use it. It keeps ticking (or blinking) on devices which tell us its value only at ‘that’ instant.

Sometimes it just goes away, sometime it never comes. It takes up every moment of our lives. But, that’s its nature isn’t it? We never know how much we have of it – it is the only thing other than life that is free – doesn’t cost anything – yet its value increases as it is expended. The lesser you have, the valuable it becomes. It is just right sometimes; very wrong in certain instances.

The one thing – the only thing that is only ours – is the one thing that we share with everyone in the world, yet it remains ours for us to use, abuse, or waste as we please. We ask for more (as if it wasn’t enough that we have it all anyway) from others – I need more time from you. Can I have some of your time? Time is a currency of sorts – we ask others to “spend” it for us. We even give names to the types of time – periods that are apparently more cherished than the others – weekends, holidays, and festivals. Some of us think of gaining time as we cross time-zones – or losing it (depends on the direction of your travel). We have built icons to celebrate this one phenomenon which we are yet to understand – right from the Jantar Mantar to the Big Ben to a Rolex. These physical manifestations are an endeavour of our purported ability to “keep” time. All we have been able to keep are the physical symbols – the concept is long lost. In this sense – time is ours – only ours – others need to manage it whichever way they can. We adorn ourselves with Casios, Espirits, Swatches, and Titans – rendering jewellery of the one thing that was given to us as a free gift at birth.


We think of bad times. Time is so pure in itself, it doesn’t have any character or polarity – there are bad incidents – that occur at times. Time, doesn’t have a negative or a positive. How unfortunate that we remember incidents by date and time – not by the cause.

Something that comes free to us has no value and therefore no respect. What if time wasn’t available to us as freely as it is available? Imagine if you had to ‘purchase’ time? Imagine if it had tangible value – and therefore a transaction – would we treat time differently? A friend once spoke casually of time as a commodity – traded on the stock market – does that send shivers down your spine? It did for me – for that ‘one moment’ in time.

Is respect therefore an economic concept? A concept based on the surplus and cost? Do we respect only that which we are able to ‘procure’? All else is a given?

I have time to write this post, you have time to read it – and at that instant we have other million things that are slipping down the priority – how would we rather ‘use’ time? Reading, writing, travelling, hang-gliding, sculpting, working, studying, or researching?

It is the only dimension that we have been able to measure, yet never traverse. Lengths, breadths (depths), and heights have been conquered. And I believe there is good reason for that. The purest of all dimensions, the most absolute of all has inherent within it a lesson for all of us. Maybe it is the same lesson – maybe we all need to learn different version – there is a lesson nevertheless.

An evening out on the 7th of November at the Carpenter’s with R is good time, for some stimulating thought. Worth the wait in the cold – time well ‘spent’. Here’s to good times!

PS: Moblogged, possibly need to correct typos and sp mistakes.


28 thoughts on “It’s About Time

  1. Time spent should be painless – so that you
    are lost in the moment – then time is not “spent”
    – it is worth its weight in gold – πŸ™‚ (or love)

    i love spending my time with people with
    beautiful hearts:)

    reading your blog feels just like that as well.


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  3. I kinda disagree with your take on how people respect time or don’t.I don’t even think we get time.It lives its own life it is for us to make the most of it.Not procure not sell, but make the most of the time that passes us by.We don’t pass time.We are incapable of it.
    And hence it is time and date that marks an event not so much the cause.The cause would have been there at any given point of time..But that it had to happen on that date or that instant is what makes it unique for us to remember.
    And this is only a part of what I want to say.


  4. ==Sophie:
    You are talking of time as space @ getting lost in the moment πŸ™‚ And thank you so very much!

    Yes, I did read that. The last lines have caught my fancy – I still do not know for sure what they mean to me – but I am contemplating that.

    Truly, truly honoured!

    Which means that you haven’t been to my archives πŸ˜› Thank you and glad that my posts are beginning to make sense πŸ™‚

    Neo (above) reminded me of what the Merovingian said, β€œYes, of course, who has time? Who has time? But then if we do not ever take time, how can we ever have time?” I will wait for the other part πŸ™‚


  5. Time is a currency of sorts – we ask others to β€œspend” it for us.
    How unfortunate that we remember incidents by date and time – not by the cause...
    Hmm..i’m trying to quote the best lines from this failed..Entire post’s the best,Atul..tnx πŸ™‚


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  7. Just crawled thru’ Ganga’s post.
    Time is within us and what we see is an object. In the past people knew time when the sun rises and sets and thaz how it worked.

    Time and times have changed the outlook of people in the past and present. If we have time to think then we have time for all:-))
    Our mind works in calculation what is next next and what we did. Thaz basically within us…


  8. ==TF:
    Thank you

    πŸ˜€ Guess you did better than that @ link; thanks mate!

    i think i know what that phrase means, but will confirm from some one who knows for sure. Thank you and welcome to Gaizabonts

    ‘a struggle to get from nowhere to no place’ of sorts? πŸ™‚


  9. Well, so well put .

    Regarding time as a commodity, i think most of us are expected to measure our wour by the man-hours that we spend and invoiced accordingly. So, time has become a commodity . whatever said , u sure had tample time to write in detail about the various facets of time.

    thank you.


  10. Cool post. Really got me thinking… I would love to be able to write on a subject like “time”. Your blog {this post in particular} gives me food for thinking. Ganga – thanks for the link.


  11. Great observations you shared – thank you.
    “Time” has been one my “preocupations”.
    I never wear a watch, somehow I can instinctive tell time within 5 minutes of accuracy… even when awakened in the middle of the night!

    Have you noticed that time IS very flexible?
    That one hour is sometimes “longer” than other times?

    Have come by way of Ganga…
    Love and joy to you


  12. ==Vijay:

    That is a very exact, contemporary thought about time – and therefore the value of time. And yes, I did have time, because at the time I wrote this, this seemed most important. Thank you to you too!

    The link in your post Ganga! Thank you!

    I have book marked that post – I will read it and (probably) have something to say about it.

    Awww, come on kapil, we have met each other earlier, surely you remember, I was on blogspot!

    ==Prashant Karkera:
    I am glad. Finding β€œtime” is a different ballgame, isn’t it?

    Time is as relative as we want it to be – that has been my experience. It stretches to eternity or is as less as everthing that We wished for πŸ™‚ Ganga is a good friend, and I am glad I am making more friends through him.

    Basic comment has been delivered, but like Arnold said, I’ll be back


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