Clock time

I had a nice catch up with a colleague recently where we were connecting on longer term goals and endeavors. He asked how it was going.

I smiled and said “I’m just having fun, and seeking to keep it that way.”

“If you set yourself a goal and work toward it, you are using clock time. You are aware of where you want to go, but you honor and give your fullest attention to the step that you are taking at this moment. If

you then become excessively focused on the goal, perhaps because you are seeking happiness, fulfillment, or a more complete sense of self in it, the Now is no longer honored. It becomes reduced to a mere stepping stone to the future, with no intrinsic value. Clock time then turns into psychological time. Your life’s journey is no longer an adventure, just an obsessive need to arrive, to attain, to ‘make it.’ You no longer see or smell the flowers by the wayside either, nor are you aware of the beauty and the miracle of life that unfolds all around you when you are present in the Now.” (Tolle)

What can you do to remain more in ‘clock time’ and enjoy each step?

What has you sliding into psychological time and rushing past the moment?



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