These are very short excerpts from Susan Schwartz’s and my recently published book ‘Aging & Becoming ~ A Reflective Enquiry’. Susan Schwartz is identified as SS, Susan Scott as SS and italicised. This is from the chapter Time & Trust.

SES: Time can be hard. Is it because time slides into shorter and shorter quantities? Each day holds the same amount of minutes but they fly away. Where do they go? Have I done enough? Said enough? Felt enough? Been conscious enough? Kind enough? Do I treat my body as a temple or do I treat it as a car to be merely filled with gasoline and then go on? Do I trust in life?Β pg 114

SS: A time comes when remainingΒ where we are, if stuck, is self-limiting and restricting. Maybe there is much to un-become as prerequisite for becoming, as we unlearn that which is detrimental to our wholeness.Β pg 115

Carole King

My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue,

An everlasting vision of the ever changing view

Marian Beaman commented on a previous post on R and with her permission I’m adding her words:

Β ‘When I read these words, I am reminded of the underside of a tapestry: full of knots and mere hints of a design. Our lives as we live them are rather like that, lacking sense until we can see the big picture, perhaps near the end of life or in eternity’.

34 Comments on AtoZ Blog Challenge T Time

  1. I’m showing up rather tardy, but I’m glad to see that my comment resonated with several readers. You both bring enlightenment and comfort in this space. Thank you!

  2. Now I’m thinking of Carol King’s Tapestry album – it’s wonderful! πŸ™‚
    Some favourite songs are You’ve Got A Friend, It’s Too Late…

    “Time is one of your most valuable commodities and how you spend it determines what your life will be. You can either waste it, invest it or give it away.” David Khalil, Principle 7: The Power of Giving

    Time is such a complex concept…we never have enough, then some days we have too much…finding the balance is the trick. In today’s busy world you may find your time and energy being spent in only a few areas of your life while other areas miss out. This makes it easy to get out of balance, leading to frustration and stress.
    Just some thoughts…

    • I love those songs too thanks Michelle for the reminder! I love David Khalil’s quote – time as a commodity and how it is spent determines what your life will be.
      Thank you for your additional thoughts also … sometimes too much sometimes insufficient – and the question of how we use it in service to our soul and therefore to others is well posited.

  3. I like the words here “so much to unbecome in order to become…. so true like the onion we need to peel of all that we have gathered over the years losing our true identity, our unique sense of being. The divine and beautiful self has to evolve gradually to BECOME.. over a period of time…. and time just flies, its same for all of us, thanks susan for this post πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for your lovely comment Genevive! Our identity and being is always there, sometimes just a bit hidden, like the core of the onion and all its layers πŸ™‚ Nice analogy!

  4. I’ve somehow missed out on your blog during the A to Z challenge and I feel it is quite a loss. I will return to read more posts and of course your book, once its out – i looks fabulous.
    A time comes when remaining where we are, if stuck, is self-limiting and restricting. Maybe there is much to un-become as prerequisite for becoming, as we unlearn that which is detrimental to our wholeness. This line really spoke to me.
    Unity #Lexicon of Leaving

    • Thanks Kalpanaa for coming by. I’m glad that phrase spoke to you – it’s something I have to remind myself of every now and then. Aging & Becoming ~ A Reflective Enquiry is actually out, not in the bookshops as yet, but certainly on amazon and other channels. (a few reviews are up).

  5. Time is such a curiosity to me. Although I’ve never been able to satisfactorily articulate it, I feel like there is something about the mystery of it that will be revealed to me at some point. That I will come away with some understanding that has thus far eluded me. I’ve felt this for as long as I can remember, even as a child. And here I am now, still wondering. Still waiting. Still moving in the slip stream of time.

    • May the mystery always remain! Some things are simply unknowable. I love the paradoxes you write – waiting and moving Deborah while ‘still moving’ – in the slip stream of time – wondering – while ‘still waiting’ … stillness and movement … Thank you!

  6. I’m co-writing a book about time. Incredible subject when studied.

    Once broken, trust is a pretty fragile thing.

    • Thanks Robbie, I’m sure this is true that the older we get, the faster time goes. I think even children are feeling the fastness of time –

  7. The older I get, the more I see time as finite rather than infinite. I just bought my last car (I assume) and might have one more house move in me. I actually like this.

  8. Oh Susan. From unlearning that which is detrimental to us to a life rich with royal hue, all the way to Marian Beaman’s words, this short post is where time stood still for me, for a few secs…and I feel so happy to have stood here with you and your words. Thank you.
    T is for Tavaa Toast

    • Thank you Arti for your lovely comment. Glad that time stood still for a moment for you and thank you for standing with me πŸ™‚

  9. Wow!! that is all I heard my mind saying when I was done reading this post. Time does fly fast and we don’t realize till later…Amazing work Susan. I found your blog via Shilpa Garg’s blog and I am glad I stopped by to read this post. Can’t wait for your tomorrow’s post.

  10. I’m fascinated by time. It does seem to flow differently at different ages and during different moments.
    Marian’s words are beautiful and apt.

    • It does seem to have its own warp and weave doesn’t it … which makes me think of the tapestry again! Thanks Merril, lovely to see you here!

  11. Yes, time does fly by in the blink of an eye. I do love Marian’s and Hilary’s comments as life truly is a tapestry. It is sad that we can’t see the bigger picture at a younger age in our lives. I’m learning as I age that it is OK to be ME… whoever I am, that I can come out from hiding. I wish I had known that years ago. Time definitely flies by!

    • Your first sentence is poetic Gwynn! I’m sure you remember the Carole King song? I’m not so sure that it’s sad that we couldn’t see the bigger picture when we were younger … how could we? All those valuable lessons learned along the way, bring us to where we are, now. Thank you for coming by!

  12. With time you’re zeroing in on my April fixation. One thing has become certain to me in my life: There is never enough time to do everything we want to do and even when we feel like we’ve got too much time on our hands, it all passes so quickly that we realize it still wasn’t actually enough. Time is often illusory and deceptive.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    • I’ve been enjoying your time posts Arlee. I can’t think of anyone who has enough time really especially when we see it in a linear fashion as Susan below says.

  13. Time… I’ve learned to trust that time will expand and there will be enough…things sort themselves out and priorities are met. It always surprises me!

    • Well, the way you’ve articulated this gives me hope Beth. It seems as if the important things are attended to, in spite of the pressure of time sometimes – for you it sounds like an UNexpected and happy surprise. πŸ™‚

    • I guess when we’re young we see time as accommodating to ourselves along with having a sense of immortality. Time presses more upon us when we realise there is no longer an infinite number of tomorrows. Thanks for coming by Cheryl.

  14. Hi Susan – I saw Marian’s comment on your previous post – relevant and then here too … ‘Tapestry of Life’. Time is never easy … too much and we give it away, it escapes, too little and we just get harried … sometimes we need a sereneness to bring balance in our daily life … a timely moment at a time … now to practise that … cheers Hilary


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