Well, Dear Reader, shall we define “time” first or “schedule”?
Given the general consensus, schedule seems to be a measure of time. Ever since Personal Data Assistants became popular, more people find it necessary to “pencil it in” than they find to actually keep the majority of commitments made.
Have you noticed, Dear Reader, the block-like way that we now (whether forced to or not) organize our time? I have a little day-by-day timesheet of my classes, colored in bright colors per class per day. Where is it hanging? Where I can see it on my tack board. When I’m not around that little piece of paper with my schedule on it, I have trouble remembering which block of time I need to commit to next. Why can’t I remember what I have given my word to? Is it so far from my mind to where I go because I’m just ready to be there?
Well, wait, if I’m ready to be, do I treat time differently?
Then what is time?
How can one define time? It has an end, as we are all told. Therefore, it must also have a beginning. But is time solely a measurement, or could it be that the idea of time is as abstract and incomprehensible to the human intellect as it would be if I were to attempt to paint it? Regardless, time is very nearly incapable of definition. We can “picture” time by drawing a clock, or something similar, but time as an existence? How to draw an existence?
I’ve just started reading Ecclesiastes, beginning with chapter one, title: Everything is meaningless. Great start for early morning devotions. Ecclesiastes also includes the famous “A Time for Everything” chapter (chapter three), which lists everything from emotions to work, with the same phrase.
Remember the previous post where I ranted (I did, and I apologize) about youth and apathy? Where I criticized being “busy” with nonessentials?
What is it about time that our culture defines it so differently from others? Where one culture will insist that time is “do-ing”, others will insist that time is “be-ing”.
Since returning, I have struggled with Task vs. Relationship. Or Schedule vs. Time. Here, I study grammar, mathematics, and theology. Abroad, I studied culture, language, and people. Both sets are equally important; however, to different cultures these two sets are unequal in value. If I believe in Task, I will set a schedule to make the most of my Time. If I believe in Relationship, I will have lots of time.
People should always be more important than tasks because they are people.
What are tasks? The schedule will always be full if we fill it, but Time can never be full until it has ended.
Looks like this post is long enough.