Blessings # 20 – T is for Time

Is it just me or has time become more elastic since we have all been staying in? I no longer know what day of the week it is because there is nothing to differentiate one day from the next. I haven’t looked at my diary for weeks.

One of the things I find interesting about time is that it is so completely egalitarian. Whoever we are – rich, poor, educated, deprived, cheerful, depressed, believer, heathen…. we all get exactly the same amount of time in each day to spend however we see fit. Imagine if that was true of other resources like money! Of course some of it has to be spent on maintaining our lives – sleeping, eating, earning enough to pay the bills and so on. I am fortunate. When I want water I turn on a tap rather than walking to the spring or pump with my bucket and lugging it home again – something I remember an aunt doing when I was little. I don’t spend hours commuting to a job I may or may not like but which puts food on the table. But most of us have some ‘disposable’ time which we can do with as we choose. And maybe we sometimes actually have more choices about how we use our time to support our lives than we realise. Or would have if we had the courage to take a risk, to grab life by the scruff of the neck and shape it to suit ourselves.

The length of each day is fixed but none of us knows how many of them we will have. Just because there is a global pandemic and many of us are staying at home and keeping safe doesn’t mean that all the other diseases and accidents that can see us off have taken a holiday. I can take exercise, eat well, wash my hands often, get enough sleep, take care when climbing ladders and still have a heart attack, fall and break my neck, or be harbouring a milgnancy.

I have been given a life which has already been longer than some and which I hope will go on for a long time yet. I am lucky enough to have plenty of resources, practical and mental. Each new 24 hours is a blessing and it behoves me to make the most of it – even if that is to waste it wisely.

16 thoughts on “Blessings # 20 – T is for Time

  1. tialys April 14, 2020 / 11:25 am

    My only marker of hours and days at the moment is that Mr. Tialys is working from home so is sort of keeping office hours. I’m finding that , contrary to my expectations, time is flying past. Even though I’m getting up at the same time as usual – mostly due to the call of dogs’ bladders – it always surprises me when evening comes round and it’s time to think about dinner. I dont suppose it’s the same for everybody but thats been my experience so far.


    • Going Batty in Wales April 15, 2020 / 10:03 am

      Each day goes quickly for me but I am losing track of the weeks. A couple of days before we locked down I went into Cardigan to get things I would need and bumped into a firend. We decided to go for a coffee whilst ou favourite cafe was still open. That feels like a lifetime ago!

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  2. nanacathy2 April 14, 2020 / 11:40 am

    Once you are both retired keeping track of time is harder. I try to start each day remembering what day of the week it is and the date. Although we do different thing during the day we do come together at 11 for coffee, 1 for lunch and 6 for an evening meal, just like I did when my sons were at home. I read once that it is important in retirement to have that routine for one’s mental well being. So far we both seem to have our marbles, and the routine is one thing we can control in this dreadful period of fear and uncertainty.

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    • Going Batty in Wales April 15, 2020 / 10:05 am

      When my huisband died I found that a strict routine such as you describe kept me sane. The day was broken into manageable chunks. I still maintain it and it certainly helps get through times like this.


    • tialys April 16, 2020 / 10:34 am

      My Dad was told to keep a routine going by a retirement counsellor. Trouble is he took it to extreme and if my Mum made a pot of tea at a different time to that laid down in the rules , he would look at her as if she was mad and refuse a cup until the proscribed time and then he’d make himself one. 🤣

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      • Going Batty in Wales April 16, 2020 / 11:40 am

        Oh Dear!


  3. Laurie Graves April 14, 2020 / 1:14 pm

    I really like your take on time, a subject that fascinates me. Also, wonderful montage of the various ways we keep track of time. Guess which one I like the best? Hint: It makes me positively moony. 😉


    • Going Batty in Wales April 15, 2020 / 10:08 am

      Moony is apt. In thory it has a mechanism to show the phases of the moon. To set it you have to turn the hands allowing the chimes to happen every hour until the time and the moon phase are correct. It takes ages! As the clock keeps terrible time the whole palaver has to be done every week so I have given up.

      I am fascinated by time too. It is both natural and imposed by humans.

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      • Laurie Graves April 15, 2020 / 3:05 pm

        Wow! Quite a procedure. In my Great Library series, Time plays a major role. I envision Time to be an actual force in the universe, with Chaos as a foil.


      • Going Batty in Wales April 16, 2020 / 10:08 am

        That is a really interesting way to think of it! I will have to ponder that one.

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  4. tidalscribe April 14, 2020 / 6:03 pm

    Time is a strange thing. I had not been out for a couple of days and decided to walk in a vague big circle, avoiding people, but hopefully encompassing the cliff top. I did not wish to be gone long, now I’m a carer, nor to go over my allotted hour – is that an official thing or is it just what people are doing? After a brisk walk across the local gardens, down a few pleasant roads, I thought I had better check the time; only seven minutes had gone by!


    • Going Batty in Wales April 15, 2020 / 10:10 am

      Isn’t it wierd how our perception of time is all over the place?

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  5. Helen April 14, 2020 / 6:19 pm

    My parents have been retired for twenty years and already had a much more fluid relationship with time. I am out of synch this week because I’ve had an extra day’s holiday and with this lockdown I can imagine forgetting to log on at the beginning of my normal working week!
    It sounds like you have a relaxed attitude to time, with healthy rhythms.


    • Going Batty in Wales April 15, 2020 / 10:11 am

      Being retired does make a difference. I find keeping a routine going is really helpful but I try not to let it control me.


      • Helen April 15, 2020 / 1:17 pm

        Yes, some framework is useful 😊

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