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Time is the actual Controller

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2020 had so many of my friends sending out job, and internship application papers. Even though the pandemic was before us, we still persevered and continued to update our resumes. Most companies were already laying out their staff, and this was now becoming a bitter pill to swallow for the fresh graduates who did not want to accept the reality. Or maybe they were just coming into terms with reality. This was uncertainty at its best.

By the fourth month, I had edited my CV so many times, in line with varying job requirements, and the most common requirement was that one had to be a good time manager. This seemed like a skill that all jobs required one to possess. Of course, back at school, there was no course entailing time management, but it is generally assumed that time management is taught indirectly through other activities, both curricular and extracurricular. The practical test was to submit assignments and examinations in time, or on time.

Even before one goes to elementary school, or the lowest level of education they are exposed to time. Well, a young baby is not conscious of time, as it is fed when it is hungry, and sleeps when it is sleepy. As we grow older, we begin to be trained to be masters of timekeeping, or time managers, supposedly. The question I have is, if you are trying to manage time, do you make it fit into your program, or do you make your program fit into time? While your program or task is adjustable, time is not. It never stops, in most cases that is.

In our homes, we have clocks hanging on the wall of the house, and everybody sees or hears the ticking of the minute and hour hand. Of course, there are moments that we become unconscious of time, and only become aware when we hear the ticking sound. And even this does not stop time from moving. So, in a bid to ground ourselves, or discipline ourselves, we begin to schedule events and allocate them time portions. It could be then measured in milliseconds, microseconds, seconds, minutes, hours, and so forth.

As young kids we were taught that we have wake up time, playtime, eating time, and sleeping time. I am sure a few of us were even taught about prayer time. Of all the teaching, I am sure this was the one that was always forgotten the most. For most kids, fun time seems to sneak into other activities, as they want to make everything enjoyable. There is no consequence of always having fun is there? As we get older though, we begin to be allocated tasks that are highly dependent on time, and there are associated consequences for failing to achieve the tasks within the allotted timelines.

Achievement of these tasks in time, or on time, is what is used to separate those who are fast from those who are slow. Those who are fast are safe from the consequences therein, while those who are slow must always hurry to beat time. There are times when we would sit in class writing mathematics tests, and time always seemed to slip away so fast, then it seemed to go slowly for those subjects that we considered to be easy. So, our perception of time is tied to our opinion of the task at hand.

While I have not sent a job application in a while, I still see the open vacancies’ requirements, and being a good time manager sticks out. But how can one manage time? The term, manage, as I imagine should bring some sense of control of the object by the subject. But in our situation, it seems that time-the subject, is what controls us-the object. But most would not agree with this fact. We still want to be good time managers and that is why everything is attached with the name, time. Eating time, workout time, and sleeping time.

To try to find peace, we allocate some portion of time to each of these activities that we partake on in life. Will we ever beat time though? I think time is intricately connected to this physical realm, and it is the most uncertain factor that we strive to control, and cling to as much as possible. We make it our sole goal to be in control of events. People never really know when to accept that time is slippery, and it requires a high level of detachment.

It is true that we need time to guide us daily, but are you going to hate yourself for being late for work? Maybe the consequences were that you lost your job. Is blaming yourself, or the one that took your job away going to help in any way? Perhaps the best response could be to try and be on the right side of time. We are aware of time from the moment we open our eyes in the morning, and all sorts of ideas begin streaming in our heads. The tasks that you have not closed are then lined up as a reminder that you have pending tasks that need your attention.

It is then that the individual faced with this situation decides on what they want to do first. If you have enough time, you might as well decide that you are going to give thanks, have some workout, and shower as slow as you can just before you dive into those involving tasks. For those who do not have enough time, however, they will obviously want to do things in a hurry, and they would want the lowest form of preparation. They may jump into the pending tasks directly without being aware that they can slow down and put things in order. Is it not true though, that tasks that are performed with the utmost care, are the ones that are exemplary?

This may not be the first time I am talking about time in relation to our experience in this lifetime. When we hurry over tasks, most times, chances are that we are going to make mistakes, and we would miss out on some important information or steps. The reason is that we attack the tasks while blaming ourselves, and end up seeing fault in so many things, when we are faced with this lateness attitude. I do not believe in being late for anything in life, especially concerning the major decisions in life. It is never too late to learn anything. It is never too late to get an awakening, to know yourself, or to know God.

As with other aspects that touch our lives, we need to learn acceptance. If you think that you are late, analyze the situation first before springing into reaction. Look at the available options that you could take. There is always something that could be done, as you plan for the major solution. People always give up so easily and begin to conclude that they are lost in life, or that day, or month, or year is bad just because they assume that they were late to do something, or are late to not do it.

Time is the most elusive element in life. This is according to my observation of it. Because, while we struggle to make ourselves think that we are the ones in control of it, it sways us according to its uncertain tides, and those who cling to it, then end up suffering. Do we not have plans for the time that we want to have children, or get married, or go to school, or graduate? Whenever these events do not go as planned, then we start blaming ourselves. The slippery nature of time is not your fault at all. It is just its nature.

Do you not feel like you are tied to this experience with time? Is it not the biggest and most sticky illusion of all time! And they say that it takes time to achieve or manifest something. Who has wondered whether they can have an experience devoid of this illusion of time? Who has yearned to get off the shackles of time? We have indeed become slaves to this time, and it has become our master. We cannot do anything before our master-time approves. We can also not refuse to do anything without a nod from our master.

Dear reader, have you had of anyone who was not ensnared by the net of time? And just like a spider’s web, we are all stuck in it. The spider, however, seems to show us some good, or conspicuous image so that instead of seeing it for what it is, we feel like the trap is a form of protection. Who would blame us? Sometimes the slave does not escape if they are set free because they have become dependent on the master. Without the master they are nothing, so they believe.

And as you finish reading this, you glance at your watch for the umpteenth time. You must have done it between the paragraphs as well. But this is not the end of this talk. As long as we are in this realm, we will always talk about, write about, and even observe in utter amazement, the extent of the influence of time on us. And so the prayer follows next.

“Dear spirit, let me praise your name at all times, let everything I do be for you. Allow me to see your presence wherever my eyes rest.

Let my eyes see you through the fog. Let me see you when the sunlight pierces through the morning mist.

Dear creator of all, take my hand and rescue me from the shackles of time, yet don’t let me escape from your grasp because time is still your creation.

But why would I escape from you dear Lord? The creations are in oneness! You are in places that my eyes cannot see. You are in the ticking of the clock, in the mist and the fog. Show me dear Lord how I can fully bury myself in thy worship until I forget about time. And so it is!”


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