More kairos, less chronos.
“The ancient Greeks had two words for time: chronos (χρόνος) and kairos. While the former refers to chronological or sequential time, the latter signifies a proper or opportune time for action…While chronos is quantitative, kairos has a qualitative, permanent nature.”
Time ticks by quickly on its own; every heartbeat, every exhale, every haircut, every sunset.
Yes, time can pass by on its own without us having to anything, really.
But we seem to think we own time. We say phrases like:
“I don’t want to waste time”
“I can carve out 15 minutes for you”
“I don’t have time for that.”
“Let me see if I can squeeze you in my calendar”
Yes these phrases have literal consequences. Consider the corresponding responses:
“Stop spilling time all over the floor! What a mess.”
“Carve out? OH! Show me how!! Sounds delicious!”
“Then go to the store and buy some more.”
“I would prefer not to be squeezed into a calendar, thank you. I fit rather nicely on planet earth.”
To my knowledge, dear reader, humans can only function inside of time and cannot own it. Thus, we must change the way we operate inside of time.
We can choose slow instead of fast. καιρός over χρόνος.
Put down our screens.
Sip coffee until it needs reheating.
Fall asleep in your backyard hammock.
Enjoy a three hour meal with friends.
Listen to the wind and talk back to her.
When change our perception of time, we release our pretend ownership of it. Set it free.
As a result, maybe we would remove these phrases that demean the human experience. When you say you don’t have time for someone, you are really saying you don’t want to be with them. When you say you are upset about someone being late, then you are really afraid that someone has stepped on you. Learning how to operate within time creates margin that allows you to invite awareness to you move throughout our days, years, and lives. Work and at home. On the playground and on Twitter. Time itself becomes sacred. People become sacred.
We live within χρόνος but live a life of καιρός.