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The age old excuse...No Time.

Updated on February 17, 2011

No Time?

From time immemorial it appears people have used the excuse that there is just not enough time to get things completed. Or they truly find excuses to make it sound that way! It is amusing that peoples perceptions of how hard they work, or how they have paid their dues for so long a time...they "deserve" to have thus and so...

Finding the time to do everything that needs to be done is met with complaints by many people and yet the amount of time people waste online or texting on their cell phones or watching television is higher than ever.

Back in the 19th century people also felt this was a difficult thing to reconcile. In fact the transcendentalists wrote of the frittering away of our lives by the details that consume it. Way before the information age writers like Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson advocated that we take the time to spend in nature and in the quiet contemplation of the divine source that surrounds and infuses us with its beauty and awe. Living ones life deliberately was something Thoreau felt was the only authentic way to live.

Emerson on the other hand believed our own musings were necessary in life in order for us not to merely exist on the words and experiences of past writers, those whose grandiose insights needed to be reassessed by our own philosophies surrounding the existence of mankind.

Try as we may, we often do not turn ourselves inside out in order to find the beauty that lies within the divine soul. Instead we spend precious moments making up excuses why it can not be done. To have someone judge another by the amount of time they infuse themselves into the act of creative acts, whether they be art or science, learning or teaching, is a fools judgment.

The Guess Who sang a tune in the 1970's lamenting that they "got no time" ..

"No time for a gentle rain....No time for my watch and chain...No time for revolving doors"...

No time for Nature. No time for material things..no time for going in circles...! Hurry, rush, no time..!


"Every mans condition is a solution in hieroglyphic to those inquiries he would put. He acts it in life, before he apprehends it in truth." Emerson 1836.

What is it you do not have time for today?


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    • Jean Bakula profile image

      Jean Bakula 

      7 years ago from New Jersey

      I loved Thoreau when I "discovered" him in HS, so long ago. I was fascinated by the way he just lived in his cabin in the woods, free of distractions, doing only what was most important to him. I actually quoted him to a nervous friend the other day, "We all live lives of quiet desperation." I wonder if that is getting worse in our times, as we deal with too many superficial things? I lent Walden Pond to someone, telling her the same and that when young Thoreau was my hero, I wanted to live like him. She laughed a deep belly laugh, and pointed out all of my windows that look out at the deep woods in which I live. Sometimes we get what we want and then do not realize we have it! Civil Disobedience is great too!

    • Aley Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Alice Lee Martin 

      7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      me too Acer!

    • Mentalist acer profile image

      Mentalist acer 

      7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Emerson's quote is all too true,but to appreciate a truth before taking action is still a concept I desire.;)

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