It has been a few years in the making, but this week my book about ‘Time Wisdom’ was published.
It has been fun to work on and it is great that it is out there. It is based on 28 very short ‘sessions’ (one for each day of the month) and is my attempt to blend some of the things that the best time-management gurus say with the spirituality and theology of time.
Until recently my favorite time saying was the Irish proverb which runs, ‘when God made time, he made plenty’. But the thought going round in my mind now is, ‘Complaining that there are not enough hours in the day is as sensible as grumbling about the temperature of the sun or the diameter of plant earth’. Time is a fundamental aspect of the universe. There can be neither not enough nor too much.
Towards the end of the book I mention the Corpus Clock in Cambridge, which is shown in the illustration. This is one of the few clocks in the world designed to highlight some of the subjective features of time: the strange-looking grasshopper is what the inventor John Taylor calls a ‘Chronophage’, literally a time-eater which winks at you as it gobbles up the seconds of your life. Also, the Corpus Clock is only accurate once every five minutes; reflecting our experience that time speeds up and slows down.
To help me write this book – and indeed to help me get through life – I am using the idea not of time management but time wisdom. I suggest that it is only by being aware of many dimensions of the reality and experience of time that we can be comfortable and effective. We can’t manage time, but we can be wise about it.
The book is intended for clergy and the illustrations are taken from ministerial life. That is deliberate, as it seems to me (and I should know) that ordinary time management often does not work in that context. But there is plenty in it for anyone who has a lot of choices to face and who is tempted to feel that there are not enough hours in the day. Anyone who wants to get beyond busyness.
So, if you are not too busy – check out the book.
And if you are too busy – check out the book.