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Our Perception of Time

Updated on December 12, 2014

'Time is our most precious commodity'. You've heard that expression before I'm sure.

Have you ever stopped to think about how you actually perceive time though? We all seem so busy these days, as if we have this HUGE hourglass of time measuring unending decades...

Sands of Time...



I know for a fact that I’ve lived many, many years of my life thinking, either consciously or subconsciously, that there just weren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done.

I love the expression, “Why put off until tomorrow what you can do today, because if you like it, you can do it again tomorrow” Yet with the perception that there wasn’t ‘enough’ time, I was always right!

Deepak Chopra asked in his book 'Unconditional Life, "Can it be that time will wait for one man and overtake another, depending on what each one expects?"

what will be written for eternity to view?
what will be written for eternity to view?

A couple of decades ago, I was in this seminar and they asked us if we had our wills together...

Right after that they suggested we write our epitaph - you know, what would we like people to say at our funeral...

Then, the clincher: they told us to get out our wallets and purses (hmmm, didn't sound good - had we come to the right seminar? Was there something in the fine print we'd missed?)

They proceeded to demand that we "whip it out!" We all looked at each other in bewilderment, "whip it out"? What on earth were they talking about? Finally, after the full gravity of our confusion permeated the air, weighing each atom as heavily as a freshly baked warm piece of bread drenched in honey, they said, "Whip out your guarantee of life card"...

We understood completely.  In unison we began contemplating the epitaphs we'd just written while clinging to that illusive hourglass measuring decades. Taking off our rose colored glasses, we wondered if there would be time to make any of it come true...

we like to think we'll be around for a LONG time

Have a minute? Or just 30 seconds more?
Have a minute? Or just 30 seconds more?

Do you ever find yourself putting some things off with the idea that you’ll be around for a long time? Or treating your spouse, children, family members or friends with indifference because theyll be around for a long time?

The truth of the matter is, all we have a guarantee of is this very moment in time.

Nay, perhaps even these mere 30 seconds!

We like to think we’ll be around for a long time. At this very moment, I’d like to think I’ll be around at least until I finish writing this story.

What they FEEL is: well,,, hurry up already I have better things to do!
What they FEEL is: well,,, hurry up already I have better things to do!

With expressions such as, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life, but it could also be the last” circling repetitiously through my head, along with the fear that there wasn’t enough time, I lived literally running on the treadmill of life. Sure, I got a lot done, but at what cost?

We all know people with the same perception of time as I had - or perhaps, you've been that way yourself? You'll have someone come up to you wanting to talk when you're busy. They'll say "Hi, how are you?" or "Mommy look!" and you don't want to ignore them or be rude, so you respond. But what they feel is that you just don't have enough time for them. It's like you're standing there, tapping your foot, holding a '3 minute timer'...

You discuss the weather, or their problem saying, "Go ahead, I care... honestly I do..." [NOT! $$$ as you breeze past on your way to __?__ ...$$$]

No copyright - feel free to print some up for yourself - if you have the time :)
No copyright - feel free to print some up for yourself - if you have the time :)
When the real Patch spoke in Asheville, he gave a moving speech on "BEing" - just as I was writing this. Serendipitous?
When the real Patch spoke in Asheville, he gave a moving speech on "BEing" - just as I was writing this. Serendipitous?

I had to let go of my fear that there wasn’t enough time. Now I try to look at my perception, reflections and feelings in each moment. If this is really, REALLY my last moment, how do I want to BE in this moment? I remind myself that in my last moment, I don’t want to BE rushing, I don’t want to BE afraid.

I want to BE calm, peaceful, loving, caring, giving and sharing my wisdom

in hopes that it will help whoever I’m with.

So, I lovingly share this little pearl of wisdom to perhaps encourage you to think about how you are perceiving time and thus, what others feel from you. Please do give it a little thought, especially when you’re with your spouses, your children, your co-workers, your friends, your neighbors, or those who may need your help...

Here's an envelope, filled with a little card that helps remind me whenever I open my wallet. I printed a few up, business card style to offer others when I feel that '3 minute timer'. Unfortunately, they haven't had time to listen to my story (too subtle?). Naturally, I still have a few if you'd like one. Or you could print your own up if you have the time. It's a guarantee of life card, but as you know, it's only good for this very moment in time.




If this were indeed your last moment in time,




And just in case: how do you want to BE ---- remembered?


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    • SEM Pro profile imageAUTHOR

      SEM Pro 

      7 years ago from North America

      Perhaps its only the beliefs we don't want to let go of stand in our way of time travelling CJ. I was shocked when I first did, when decades disappeared in a fraction of a second (as I wrote about in )We can get caught up on the treadmill of life, concerning ourselves more with survival of our human existence, rather than our soul's...

      I look forward to reading more of your hubs to see if any "gateways" have invited you to soar :)

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      Christopher James Stone 

      7 years ago from Whitstable, UK

      Yes I like this Sylvia. You know for beings made of light time would not exist. They could travel back and forth in time the way we travel about in our own home town. I think that somewhere in our core we are made of light and can therefore travel about in time too, if only we had the imagination.

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      SEM Pro 

      7 years ago from North America

      Mmmmm joecseko, your comment feels like an embrace - I return the hug of gratitude :) When I read your hub I wanted to simply say, "I'd like to be your friend", because you seem to truly 'get it'. You wrote on simply BEing our authentic selves in the moment which inevitably includes honesty and kindness and love. I have no doubt your loved ones feel your grace and know you have time for them...

      You might also enjoy "HOW TO GET OUT OF LIFE’S MUCK" - a strange title perhaps, but I believe it gets into the nitty gritty "how to"s and whys of getting the most out of our choices in each moment. I'm off to read more of yours as they hit home for me too.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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      Joe Cseko jr 

      7 years ago from New York, USA, Earth

      This is an excellent piece, and could be titled "How to Get the Most Out of Life". A very interesting angle on something few of us ever stop to understand.

      Much of what you say hits home with me, in a most intimate fashion.

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      SEM Pro 

      8 years ago from North America

      Wow 50 - you did leave a comment here too. Warms my heart to find another who truly understands. So very true: we don't know if the next blow will be a guillotine, a fast ball knocking the innocent delusions right out of us, or a miraculous blessing by being in the right place at the right time. Keeps us dancin' on our toes yes?! And with that awareness, I seem to be getting better at dodging the guillotines 'n' fast balls and noticing the blessings > you are one of them :)

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      50 Caliber 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Tick Tock says your clock as the sand drains from your time glass of life, your not allowed to see it! You can't know when the last grain will fall, you start every day with a hammer hanging over your head knowing not if it will fall changing your life or ending it. So treat your time as better than anything in the world, stop giving to those who don't make you laugh out loud and drag you into the cesspool of life for those who sit and cry! 50

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      SEM Pro 

      8 years ago from North America

      Yes they do my friend. Why can't I get the rest of that expression to go away? Wish no one had told me the other half - the same as finding a lucky penny > until someone said it was only lucky if it's heads up :)

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      8 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      I just saw your comment on FB! Great minds think alike, no? :)

    • SEM Pro profile imageAUTHOR

      SEM Pro 

      8 years ago from North America

      Cause if you put everything off until tomorrow, you won't have time to enjoy the now...

      Yes, our actions - the golden threads through-out our lifetimes, are indeed the timeless connections :)

      haha - I like the "light manner" Lexi!

      Great way to "be" to realize we can leave a wake of smiles. Was just about to post something similar on fb :)

      So glad to have you visit dear friend. Your additions do add a rounded perspective :)

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      8 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      "Why do today what you can put off til tomorrow?"

      "Death is but a doorway, time but a window, I'll be back." :D

      Space-time is all a point of reference. And even moreso, our actions are the true timeless connections we have in life.

      Cause and affect.

      And I choose to affect the world in a light manner.

      When this carbonized form returns back to star stuff, those smiles and hugs I've provided through my life will have evolved into more joy than one can fathom.

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      SEM Pro 

      9 years ago from North America

      Thanks so much for coming by and commenting rs - glad you found the time :) HP can be addicting - in as nice a way as addictions can be.

      Today being the first day of the rest of our lives, you can ensure your hope becomes that reality. You seem to be ahead of the game on that one :)

      One day at a time, is a good way to live. Appreciate the fan mail too - I'm here for you if you want any support!

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      Rebecca Sue Mallory 

      9 years ago from Central Texas

      Great read! As for how I want to BE right now-I want to be on hub pages, but alas-I am at work so I should realy BE working. I hope I am remembered for who I was- a caring and careful soul.

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      SEM Pro 

      9 years ago from North America

      LOL I've met few in life who care more than you dear Sir. Patch Adams would gladly show you off as a perfect example of "how to be". 

      It may not seem as though you "fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way" but there will come a time when "10 years have passed you by...the sun will still be the same in a relative way, but you'll be older..."

      In the meantime, we met on the dark side of the moon - and I look forward to seeing you there again whenever we can...

      So glad you stopped by! :)

      Are you heading off to "You Are Perfect"? Because I do thank you for being you...

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      Hack Retis 

      9 years ago

      Time's just one of those things people began to believe, I don't have time to care. ;)


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