Greg Rolfe

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The curse of the clock

The curse of the clock

It seems that each day we are controlled by the clock. It dictates our lives calling out and demanding actions in accordance with its timetable. Get up it calls, go to work it demands, action after action it instigates with its constant ticking. Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock calling chiding demanding.

This constant push of time reminding us that we have things to do and less time to do it in. But just what is this concept of time, this metric counted by the clock. Officially it has something to do with the Earth spinning around the sun and the Earth spin itself. 24 hours in a day, 365 and s smig days in a year. So why does it push?

Each day we live is just that, a day, a continually recurring event that we have access to. Each of these days is available for our use or there for us to ignore. But to ignore a day is a startling concept for we have been told since our first day that each day is precious and unique. But if you return to our reason for a clock is not each day exactly the same as the previous?

So why the push? Why must we live by the pressure of the clock? Why must we live by the demands of time? Simple answer, because we don't know when our clock will end. We push and push each day listening to the tick-tock of the clock because we feel that we have things to do and work that needs to be done. So we accept the push.

We are reminded to live each day as if it were our last but expecting that we will be here tomorrow to finish what we failed to finish today. We plan for a future that we partially believe will never come yet we certainly hope will. We listen to the curse of the clock because we believe we must.

We say of course that there will be a time when I no longer will, a time we call retirement. In those days I will do what I please and ignore the clock. But in truth will we? Years listening to the clock and its demands, years of obedience, will we stop? The clock and its tick-tock, will it be so easy to stop obeying its call?

We live by the clock, we live by the tick-tock, tick-tock, We live by the rotation of the Earth. We are indeed tied to it. But need it be a curse this clock? Perhaps. What would we truly do if had not that push? If my day off is any metric the answer is clearly a no. We have learned to live by the clock and its tick-tock


The curse of the clock. We have learned to live by the push of the spinning of the Earth. I expect that is the true curse of the clock.

Blessings all and have a truly great day!


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Fay Vietmeier

6 months ago #21

Greg Rolfe Warm welcome ;~)

Greg Rolfe

6 months ago #20

#17
Thank you Fay Vietmeier.

Fay Vietmeier

6 months ago #19

#19
John Rylance "Time" reveals all things .. this comes as revelation I always picture Father time .. reporting to Father God The way Mother nature does ;~)

John Rylance

6 months ago #18

#17
What intriguing titles.They seem like a word(s) to the wise. Im going to try and find out more about these potential pearls of wisdom. Time will tell and whether they are "a present come to bless you(me).

Fay Vietmeier

6 months ago #17

#17
Greg Rolfe I did not know him either .. happened upon Matshona while writing poem "Time Decides" (link below) Matshona Dhliwayo is a Canadian based Philosopher, Entrepreneur, and author of books such as The Little Book of Inspiration, Creativity, The Book, 50 Lessons Every Wise Mother Teaches Her Son, 100 Lessons Every Great Man Wants You to Know, and Lalibela's Wise Man. Blessings back ;~)

Greg Rolfe

6 months ago #16

#15
Hi Fay Vietmeiery. Glad you stopped by. I love C. S. Lewis and the way he is able to accurately say what he is thinking. Thank you for the quotes! By the way who is Matshona Dhliwayo? I have not come across the name prior. Blessings!!!

Fay Vietmeier

6 months ago #15

Greg Rolfe Who are you?" the little boy asked the voice. "I am time," the voice replied. "Who is time?" he curiously inquired. I am the present which comes to bless you. I am the future which comes to reward you.” ~ Matshona Dhliwayo "Time decides" ... In our LIFE-journey ... GRACE & Peace are always near But if our focus is wrong ... so is FEAR “Fix your eyes” not on the temporary but on “what is unseen” Our time on earth is leading us into eternity. Savor each day between Time that was WASTED ... is time misspent Will regret & tears help us repent? LOVE & Grace we don’t want to lose But should we ignore or fail to choose ... Time decides ... (full poem) https://www.bebee.com/producer/@fay-vietmeier-pennsylvania/time-decides

Fay Vietmeier

6 months ago #14

#13
John Rylance It took awhile to figure out one our common threads. The dreaded clock syndrome ;~) I call my struggle with the "tick-tock" of the clock “broken-wing syndrome” Even if I fly through the airport. I have learned the hard way that planes do not wait for time-pressed passengers ... even if they have a “broken-wing” ;~)

Fay Vietmeier

6 months ago #13

"The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is." ~C.S. Lewis I call my struggle with the "tick-tock" of the clock “broken-wing syndrome” Even if I fly through the airport. I have learned the hard way that planes do not wait for time-pressed passengers .. even if they have a “broken-wing” ;~) “Time waits for no one .. and it won't wait for me Time can tear down a building or destroy a woman's face Hours are like diamonds, don't let them waste Time waits for no one, no favors has he Time waits for no one, and he won't wait for me” ~ The Rolling Stones

Fay Vietmeier

6 months ago #12

#12
Pascal Derrien I have a watch .. but never wear it. I'm rarely on time .. "go figure ;~) I call my struggle with the "tick-tock" of the clock “broken-wing syndrome” Even if I fly through the airport. I have learned the hard way that planes do not wait for time-pressed passengers ... even if they have a “broken-wing” ;~)

Fay Vietmeier

6 months ago #11

Greg Rolfe "The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is." ~C.S. Lewis I call my struggle with the "tick-tock" of the clock “broken-wing syndrome” Even if I fly through the airport. I have learned the hard way that planes do not wait for time-pressed passengers ... even if they have a “broken-wing” ;~) “Time waits for no one ... and it won't wait for me Time can tear down a building or destroy a woman's face Hours are like diamonds, don't let them waste Time waits for no one, no favors has he Time waits for no one, and he won't wait for me” ~ The Rolling StonesThe future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is. ~CS Lewis I share your rich insights .. hope other bees catch the "tick-tock" of this clock ;~)

Greg Rolfe

6 months ago #10

#9
Harvey Lloyd I like your perception. To think generationally while acting temporarily. Or if I understood accurately we need to act in time with others but we need to think not of the just now but with a much longer view. Preventing the now from becoming the sole focus and motivation of our actions.

Harvey Lloyd

6 months ago #9

The clock seems to slip into our life at the teenage years as emotions ramp up in growing up. Left untouched many stress related diseases can creep into our life when peace and joy should be derived from blessings. Time can draw us into such a tight focus of the here and now that we get overwhelmed. I find it interesting that Abraham and Moses both were working not with time but generations. They didn't have an iphone.😊 We need to live inside the time of commitments made, but we must think generationally. Most adults have made a commitment to children in some form or fashion. Passing on the wisdom we have gathered is the most generational time clock we have. The clock on the wall is not our master, our Master calls us to witness to the next generation. This is timeless.

Greg Rolfe

6 months ago #8

#6
Thank you John Rylance!

Greg Rolfe

6 months ago #7

#5
Very nicely said Ken Boddie!!

John Rylance

6 months ago #6

Your future is shaped by your dreams, so stop wasting time go to sleep.

Ken Boddie

6 months ago #5

I find it comical, Greg, how we talk about ‘time management’ as though time is something we can manipulate, such as by speeding up or slowing down the clock. The best we can do is ‘task management’, by prioritising tasks and breaking them down into manageable parcels, allowing for interruptions and the unexpected. Each day is a gift of time and an opportunity for us, and it’s up to every one of us how we balance this between our various chosen tasks, work and play. Unlike a basketball game, the clock doesn’t stop when we call ‘time out’. We can choose to squander our allocated time, or optimise it to benefit others and ourselves. Incidentally, if you want more time on your hands, go out and by a heap of wrist watches. 😂🤣😂

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6 months ago #4

Works like a charm! The solution worked for me thanks to the community and the members for the solution. https://alaskasworld.run/

Greg Rolfe

6 months ago #3

John Rylance You both have found the freedom that comes with being untethered to the clock. Though honestly as you both mentioned we still have to know generally and at times specifically what time it is. Time equals stress but the loss of time also induces stress. Just depends on when or perhaps more importantly what is going on. Belleings!!!!

John Rylance

6 months ago #2

#1
I rarely wear a watch, and feel less stressed when not wearing one. I like being able to do what I want when I want too, not when a timepiece says I do. Only when I need to be time sensitive do I wear a watch or rely on someone to keep me on track. Tempus Fugit Time Flies as the monkey said as he threw the clock down stairs.

Pascal Derrien

6 months ago #1

A long time ago I ditched the watch I obviously check time every now and again but not overly bother by time it that said I am very punctual. I do a lot of running and I don t have a watch which seems to baffle most of my colleagues I guess I am a bit unorthodox or just go figure :-)

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