Today we set our clocks forward one hour. Since I’m writing this really early, most of you probably already have, by the time you read this. So when 2 a.m. rolls around, we skip forward an hour into 3 a.m. In a way, it’s like we all time travel an hour into the future. But if you think about it, it’s kind of weird that on March 10th, 2013, there is no 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. That hour doesn’t exist. So today is really only 23 hours long. That’s okay, we get that hour back next fall when we time travel an hour into the past.
Time is a funny thing. Sure it can be measured, but it’s still mostly an abstract concept. And yet it’s such an important part of modern society. Could you imagine a world in which we didn’t keep track of time? No clocks, no watches, no calendars. What if nobody knew what time it was, or what day, or what year? Maybe then we would all be more focused on the present moment, instead of worrying about what will happen an hour from now, or a week from now, or in a month. Perhaps people would be more patient if they didn’t have to worry about being somewhere on time. Imagine if nobody felt rushed. We could do things at our own pace. Nobody would tell us to hurry up, because it wouldn’t matter. Maybe we could experience more that life has to offer if we were able to take our time.
Today is an hour short, which means one less hour to get things done. No matter how busy your day is today or any other day, I encourage you all to take a moment for yourself. Let go of your worries, and if only for a brief moment, do nothing but exist.